Van Nuys, CA asked in Civil Litigation for California

Q: While it's legal to have an audible alarm system as an anti-theft device. Is it legal to sound the horn to engage?

Neighbors truck is early nineties. The horn is full, not muted like todays cars

It's loud. I can hear it inside my house and when outside it's completely disturbing. I ask him to just use his key to lock his door he says the alarm won't set if he does that

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Joseph Franklin Klatt
Joseph Franklin Klatt
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Depending on where you live, and the time of day or night this is happening, he may be in violation of local noise ordinances. I will say however, that if you report him, you may not get a lot of sympathy. Local enforcement may just take it as a trivial complaint between neighbors that don't get along. Try to resolve it between yourselves. Lawsuits and law enforcement aren't likely to get you anywhere but to escalate a situation that already seems unnecessarily confrontational.

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