Burglar and Car Alarms

A common feature of residential and commercial properties is the burglar alarm - located either inside the premises or on an external wall. Although good for security, when they go wrong they stop being a benefit and become a nuisance.

If a house alarm sounds for longer than 20 minutes without switching off or keeps going off on a regular basis then it may be a nuisance. The Environmental ProtectionTeam has powers to tackle alarms sounding for long periods and alarms which go off frequently.

Make sure your alarm has a working cut out device which silences the alarm within 20 minutes of the alarm sounding. All alarms must have a cut out device whether they are battery operated or mains powered and this includes internal sirens.

if the alarm sounds for long periods and the owner or occupier cannot be found, the law allows us to deactivate the alarm. You can help prevent problems by:
  • Letting your neighbours know how to contact a keyholder in your absence, or signing up a keyholder scheme.
  • Installing the alarm fully in accordance with manufacturers instructions
  • Servicing the alarm regularly especially if a fault develops
  • Ensuring that keyholders know how to enter the property to silence the alarm
  • Ensuring that, where possible, the alarms cut-out device allows the alarm to sound for no more than twenty minutes, and that it re-triggers no more than three times
Noise from Car Alarms
A car alarm is a useful tool to protect your valuable property, but when the alarm sounds regularly or for long periods it can cease being a benefit and become a nuisance.

Car alarms can be activated when the car battery is running flat, in strong winds or if there is an electrical fault. If your alarm keeps going off (or doesn't switch off automatically), it can cause a noise nuisance to your neighbours.
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