your neighborhood and emergency sirens

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    May 23, 2014 5:42 AM GMT

    I have been in my place for over 10 years and I have noticed a huge increase the last couple years in day and nightly police, fire, ambulance activity, namely sirens

    Its getting so frequent sometimes that I just want to record the sounds from my window on a daily basis just so I can show people how annoying this is. I don't even live on a major street like Sunset blvd or even Pico blvd

    Three am, police wake up siren last night and way more frequent helicopter over head, especially in evening. As I am typing this, sirens, sounds like fire/EMT truck

    I don't live in West Hollywood so I cant compare to what might be going on in the rest of the city. All I know is my neighborhood is being used more and more for car chases than ever before. I can even hear police on a bull horn, pulling people over on the freeway at night, sometimes well past midnight.

    Do you live in an area where this is a part of your home life? Are you just used to these sounds? These vehicles are using side streets more and more as the main streets are clogged all the time now with traffic and construction.

    I know they have a job to do, but its becoming a neighborhood nuisance, annoyingly disturbing the peace icon_confused.gif






  • AMoonHawk

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    May 23, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    I live just off of several busy streets. I do hear sirens from time to time but not all the often and rarely at night. It is probably just the part of town you live in. Altough I watch the news nightly and honesty, my area of the city seems to have the most domestic and drive by shootings.
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    May 23, 2014 5:50 AM GMT
    funny you mention that honestly. Over here by UCLA i hear sirens at least once or twice an hour. I've noticed the couple years I've lived here it's gotten pretty crazy with the ambulances and fire trucks. I hear them at least a couple to a few times an hour all the till the late night. I hear them around midnight and later as well.

    A lot of it probably has to do with construction going on. Over here in Westwood lots of the main roads have been closed off for awhile.
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    May 23, 2014 6:02 AM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 saidfunny you mention that honestly. Over here by UCLA i hear sirens at least once or twice an hour. I've noticed the couple years I've lived here it's gotten pretty crazy with the ambulances and fire trucks. I hear them at least a couple to a few times an hour all the till the late night. I hear them around midnight and later as well.

    A lot of it probably has to do with construction going on. Over here in Westwood lots of the main roads have been closed off for awhile.



    Yeah, I must be close to you, and yes, the construction is making the whole west side an extreme calamity. Whats going on then? UCLA area gets more crap than West Hollywood or even Venice beach?

    I am glad you are hearing this too, so it has been in the last couple years, its like been not stop, every night it seems, sirens go off somewhere, you think maybe the main street road closures have brought them through the neighborhoods?
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    May 23, 2014 6:09 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI live just off of several busy streets. I do hear sirens from time to time but not all the often and rarely at night. It is probably just the part of town you live in. Altough I watch the news nightly and honesty, my area of the city seems to have the most domestic and drive by shootings.


    my neighborhood has nothing going on, news worthy, not like Hollywood, emergency people are just using the neighborhood as a though fare, as a convenient cut through, you would think they would be a bit more courteous to the neighborhood they are passing through. I don't know, its gotten very annoying to my once semi peaceful environment icon_mad.gif
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    May 23, 2014 6:21 AM GMT
    its really loud when they hover, circle and shine icon_rolleyes.gif



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    May 23, 2014 6:25 AM GMT
    While a group of friends were staying here a while back one commented when we did hear a siren that he hadn't heard one his entire time here.

    For this area, we really don't have a lot of sirens even though pretty metro with numerous nearby hospitals. I wonder if maybe they have controls for traffic signals so they don't often have to make so much noise to move cars at intersections. I think even some of the buses here trigger some control over traffic signals.

    We do get helicopters some nights because of the university. The state does not risk student safety. I think they send out the copters whenever a bad date results in a keyed car. Those students can't handle any more stress what with being spoon fed all their materials so the state flies in night vision to catch the vandals.
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    May 23, 2014 6:41 AM GMT
    Maybe there's a new fire department near you now. A satellite one, for example.
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    May 23, 2014 6:48 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMaybe there's a new fire department near you now. A satellite one, for example.


    funny, you can hear the sirens off in the distance, at least a mile or two away, then the sound gets closer, closer, closer and im like, here they come again, screaming past the window, you can tell when they have reached their destination, the siren cuts off immediately or it fades off again when they get out of range icon_mad.gif
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    May 23, 2014 7:27 AM GMT
    I have a little fire station a few blocks from me. 1 engine or maybe 2. So that's why I hear them more than others might.
  • Fable

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    May 23, 2014 9:18 AM GMT
    Since I MOVED TO MYKONOS (don't be jelly) I haven't heard one. Possibly because the island isn't ratchet at all. Ugh la. Ugh big cities ugh.
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    May 23, 2014 12:32 PM GMT
    Try these.

    howard-leight-super-lite-ear-plugs-20-pa

    They work everywhere. I never hear a thing.

    Especially on airplanes with crying babies...worse than a siren.
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    May 23, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    that time of year when we leave windows open more

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    May 23, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    I have a crack house (or whatever the hell they're selling over there) across the street from my house. It's so bad that the people who live upstairs in the same building put a "The ***** Family, No drugs here" sign on their front door.

    I constantly have strobe lights on my ceiling at night due to OD's and other issues, but they are usually courteous about NOT using their sirens after a certain hour.

    It's possible you've always had the amount of emergency vehicle traffic that you do now, but that the courtesy factor has been tossed out the window along the way for some reason.
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    May 23, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    Police headquarters and the city's main fire station are a few blocks from me, so I hear sirens everyday. I also live near two of the busiest freeway interchanges in my metro area, so in addition to the sirens on their way to accidents, I often get news traffic helicopters flying overhead. I am also near train tracks and hear train whistles and the gates. It's just what comes with living in an urban area and I am used to it all and rarely notice any of it, except for when the faulty train gates closest to me sometimes get stuck down for a couple hours and I hear clang, clang, clang, clang continuously for two hours until someone comes to fix it. It's really bad when it happens when the 1am Amtrak crosses.
  • HottJoe

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    May 23, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    My neighborhood has a strong police presence. My drug dealer was complaining about it just the other day.icon_lol.gif
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    May 23, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    I'm not sure why we should expect sirens to not be used as a "courtesy" during overnight hours. The use of a siren is to be heard as a warning as it is approaching traffic, intersections, and pedestrians and on residential streets where people usually back out of driveways and it doesn't matter if it is 3pm or 3am. Also when it is approaching a scene there are often a large group of onlookers that have gathered and need to be aware emergency vehicles are quickly approaching.
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    May 24, 2014 4:33 AM GMT

    hmmmm, seems to be a break in the action tonight, oh wait, its a holiday weekend, just the opposite of one would think would be a busy siren night, either they are getting a break by the amount of people out of town, or they're on holiday themselves, finally, a no siren night, so far icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 24, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    The ambulance was at my place the other night and they drove up with no lights or sirens. They drove the patient to the hospital just as quietly! I figure they don't want to wake folks since it's a suburb.
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    May 24, 2014 5:12 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidThe ambulance was at my place the other night and they drove up with no lights or sirens. They drove the patient to the hospital just as quietly! I figure they don't want to wake folks since it's a suburb.



    so far, its been quiet all night, kind of spooky, a holiday mellows everyone out including emergency people, and the news made such a big deal over the 405 freeway carpool lane opening today, 5 year, one year late and over budget construction project


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    May 24, 2014 5:51 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidTry these.

    howard-leight-super-lite-ear-plugs-20-pa

    They work everywhere. I never hear a thing.

    Especially on airplanes with crying babies...worse than a siren.

    I used to use these and they really work, but then you can't hear your alarm go off in the morning.
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    May 24, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    Maybe you should move out of the ghetto. icon_lol.gif
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    May 24, 2014 6:28 AM GMT
    xrichx saidMaybe you should move out of the ghetto. icon_lol.gif



    I'll keep Brentwood in mind icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 24, 2014 8:22 AM GMT
    I did a few times but, was usually so tired, busy, or drunk I wouldn't notice or care.
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    May 25, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    I once lived in a place like that. Basically, I didn't sleep for two years.
    Now... I hear a siren at night about once every five years. Since it's a volunteer fire department, pretty much the whole town gets up to see what's happening.