My earlier comment lacked a good explanation and may not have conveyed the initial message properly, therefore I'll try my best to write a better understandable answer. Please note that tough you wrote on behalf of a friend I'll be writing "you" where I mean your friend. It's for other potential readers that seek for such a solution and for convenience.
Alarms mostly do not work as they were intended or they do harm people. An alarm should alert people with the message: there is something going on here that should not happen, please look after it. In this scenario you are relying on other people to take responsibility for a device that you as an owner did not want to take. This is crazy.
If you want other people to take care of something for you just ask them kindly. If you don't trust them, then an alarm would not add anything security wise, it would be as if there is noboddy there except the potential attacker and s/he would not care if an alarm goes off. If s/he has just interest in the hardware, s/he would just turn the device off, pretending to be the owner and walk away. (There are also several security attacks against software and data, some of them have been showed off by Darren Kitchen on HAK5.) This is the usual scenario where an alarm does not alert and therefore does not work. I know, there is the scenario where the alarm is so powerful that it physically harms people and might keep attackers away. For 4-5 seconds, that is. That's how long it takes to shut the device down. But what right have you to harm all the other people sitting there, that do you no harm just for some fake sense of security for a device that you yourself as an owner do not want to take proper responsibility of?
Also note that some people like me manage to bring that 5 seconds down to almost zero by throwing the offending device out of the window, applying force or do other things. And also note that I take noise dampening ear plugs with me where ever I go and more people might be doing the same if this false sense of (IT-)Security gets popular.
Alarms do not work in the public, neither do surveilance cameras. There have been numerous cases where people where getting robbed and molested with cameras waching. Therefore: taking your device with you is the best protection.
I don't want to accuse anyone of deliberately doing harm to other people and I don't want sound depressed and fed up with society. I am just asking you to at least take responsibility for your own stuff, because if you don't do, other people will think the same way about their stuff and other people. You can imagine where this leads us to.