Many people install burglar alarms within their homes or in
commercial premises. These alarms vary greatly in their
sophistication – from simple audible alarms which rely on
passers-by to react to them, to outwardly silent systems which
alert staff at a central control centre. It is usually the cheaper,
DIY systems which cause noise problems as they may not be properly
installed or maintained, and may be over sensitive.
If you have an alarm on your property, it is a good idea to take
some simple precautions:
- Buy as good an alarm as you can afford.
- Make sure the alarm has a 20 minute cut-off device.
- Make sure the alarm complies with the relevant British Standard
- Install the alarm as per its instructions – or better still get
an electrician to do it for you
- Test the alarm after installation and from time-to-time.
- Notify the Local Authority and Police of the key holder for the
system (the Environmental Health Unit has forms for this).
Remember: If you are relying on your neighbours
to react to the alarm when it goes off for real, make sure you do
not annoy them with too many false alarms.
If you are disturbed by a continually ringing alarm, the
Environmental Health Unit may be able to silence it. You must
identify the premises on which the alarm is sounding, if you can.
If it is on a neighbour’s property, ask around to see if anyone
knows where they might be. Give any information you can to the
Officer who contacts you.
The Officer will make their own enquiries and will visit your
premises to listen to the noise inside – it must be judged to be a
statutory nuisance. If no key holder can be located, the Officer
can obtain a Magistrates Warrant to enter the premises and silence
or re-set the alarm. Costs incurred will be re-charged to the owner
of the premises.