Noise from alarms can be a nuisance if the alarm rings regularly for no apparent reason or because it is faulty.
The Council can serve a notice on the occupier of the property requiring him/her to stop causing the nuisance. If the owner fails to comply, the Council may have to gain entry to the property in order to disable the alarm in the owners absence. As there is a financial cost to this work a charge will be made. The owner may be prosecuted and could be liable for a fine up to £5000.00.
If you have an alarm fitted to your property, we recommend that
- your alarm should be fitted with an automatic cut-out device to stop the ringing after 20 minutes
- you should supply a key and the alarm code to a neighbour or somebody available to disable and reset the alarm should a problem arise when you are away for some time or on holiday
- you should ensure that your alarm is regularly checked and any faults are fixed by an appropriately qualified person
The Council will attempt to contact the owner/keeper of the vehicle through the police so that they can deal with the alarm. If necessary a notice can be served on the registered keeper or any person responsible for the vehicle requiring them to switch off the alarm. This notice can be placed on the vehicle if the keeper cannot be found.
If, after a reasonable period of time, the alarm is still sounding the Council can arrange for the alarm to be switched off. If this is not possible, then the vehicle may be removed to a secure place. Any costs incurred will be recovered from the keeper of the vehicle. In both circumstances the Council must notify the police of the action they intend to take.
If you have an alarm fitted to your vehicle, it should be checked regularly and any faults rectified.