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Car alarms: a modest proposal

By Sam Leith   October 2012

When you hear a car alarm go off, what’s the thought that comes immediately to your mind? The answer to that will vary quite widely with circumstance. If you’re lying in bed beside a window above the car in question, you’ll think, as you hear your one year old wail: “Not again! Every time a drunk staggers down our street, does he have to bump into that same car?” If you’re just settling down to your first drink at the bar before Sunday lunch, you’ll think: “Yikes! I left the youngest child in the car, didn’t I?” If you’re a…

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