Firm out to Cut the False Alarms

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Norman baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes in East Sussex, has tabled a private member's bill that seeks to outlaw audible alarms in new vehicles. Sensitive car alarms that sound when there is no crime occurring have been keeping residents in Mr Baker's constituency - and others around Britain - up all night.

Before Britain follows the example of New York City Council, which earlier this year voted to ban the sale and installation of alarms that sound for more than three minutes, and the 33 Italian cities that have already outlawed car alarms, e2v technologies is issuing a call for the automotive manufacturing industry to consider using alternative technology that would prevent noisy over-sensitive alarms sounding when there is no crime occurring but, at the same time, protect consumers from car crime.

Nigel Priestley, chief engineer at e2v technologies, comments, 'The latest developments in technology allow alarms to be activated silently, alerting car owners and the authorities automatically by telephone or a transponder when a break-in has occurred. If you left your car in the supermarket car-park for instance, your phone could vibrate to alert you and the authorities if an attempted break-in was being made to your car.

'By switching from ultrasonic to microwave technology, car manufacturers can reduce false alarms, thereby cutting down on the noise nuisance of car alarms to the general public - giving car-owners peace of mind that the authorities will be alerted if their car is under threat. …