Burglar and car alarms
In certain circumstances, if we cannot contact or locate the owner of the property where an alarm is sounding, we can obtain a warrant and force entry to the premise to silence the device, and then re-charge the owner the cost of the work to silence the alarm.
An alarm is sounding and causing me a disturbance. What can I do?
- If you suspect a false entry to the property contact the police immediately.
- Talk to neighbours to see if there are any key-holders and when the owners are expected to return.
- If the alarm continues after 20 minutes then contact the Environmental Health
What actions will we take?
If the alarm is still sounding (they usually reset after sounding for 20 minutes) we will visit and assess whether or not the noise is a statutory nuisance. If we find that the noise is a 'statutory nuisance' we will serve an abatement notice. This notice will give the owner of the car reasonable period of time to stop the noise nuisance.
If the owner hasn’t returned to the vehicle and deactivated the alarm, we will contact a garage and arrange for them to deactivate the alarm. If the alarm cannot be deactivated in a way that leaves the car secure the garage will tow the car to a pound. We will inform the police of the vehicle's whereabouts.
We will charge the owner for the time and money spent deactivating the car alarm.
Join the alarm contact database
The council has developed an online database where owners of loud intruder alarms can register their contact details, with the aim of preventing drastic action being necessary. If the council receives a complaint about an alarm, it can use the database to contact the relevant person in order to have the alarm switched off as soon as possible.
How to join
To join the database, the owner of the premise needs to nominate two key holders who the council could contact 24/7 in the event of the alarm going off. The service is free and confidential, and only the owners and authorised council officers can access the information.
For further information and how to register contact Environmental Health.
You can also register to join the alarm register online
Report a problem online
Last reviewed: 18 - 01 - 2015