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Here Are The Neighborhoods Where Car Alarms Are The Most Annoying

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 22, 2015 8:00PM

Photo credit: Joseph Dennis

Car alarms sounding at inopportune moments are a common occurrence in urban life, to the frustrated, cursing chagrin of renters, homeowners and business owners. Some neighborhoods hear the serenade of the car alarm more than others and we're glad we don't live in them.

DNAInfo Chicago obtained 911 call logs for car alarm complaints from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and determined that the Town Hall District, near Wrigley Field, had 1,662 complaints between in 2013 and 2014, far and away the most of any police district in the city.

Rogers Park was second with 773 complaints, followed by the Shakespeare District (which includes Logan Square) with 715. DNAInfo also spoke with 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, whose ward includes the Town Hall District, and had said the number of car alarm complaints isn't because the neighborhood is gentrified, particularly along the lakefront. Except the way he described it made it seem exactly that.

He blamed the prevalence on "a lot of expensive real estate and expensive cars," packed together along the lakefront in canyons of high-rises.

"Actually, we hear more [complaints] from the lakefront region, because the sound travels so high up. It travels vertically," Tunney said.

"And parking is so tight," he added. "So people are using every inch of space, and I'm sure they get too close to a car, and the alarm goes off."

You're just a victim of your success, Lakeview.