Home safety advice
House and intruder alarms
Malfunctioning alarms can cause serious noise nuisance and great
distress to a large number of people.
Are your premises alarm registered?
Many homes are now fitted with intruder alarm systems designed
to deter criminals from breaking in and stealing valuable
possessions. Problems can arise when the system malfunctions and
the alarm sounds continuously.
The industry now follows a code of practice approved by the
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Council, under The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The
Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1933 are allowed to turn off
intruder alarms if they are causing a nuisance. An alarm, which has
been sounding for more than 20 minutes and is affecting residents,
is deemed to be a nuisance. Once a nuisance has been established
the Council can serve a Noise Abatement Notice on the owner or
occupier or if the owner or occupier cannot be found we post the
Notice at the property. This requires the owner or occupier to
deactivate the alarm within one hour.
The Council can switch off alarms but it is expensive, anything
between £120 - £350 and the cost is passed on to the householder to
If you have an alarm you should:
- Contact the Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01992 785577 and register your alarm. This gives the Council a
list of key holders who can be contacted in your absence. The
registration form is
available to download.
- Have your alarm serviced to make sure the 20 minute shut off
mechanism is in place.
- Alarms are a great deterrent but can disturb a whole
neighbourhood if the above steps have not been carried out. Even if
you do not have an alarm but your neighbour does, make sure it
is registered and you could save your neighbour money as well as
your own sleep.
Many vehicles are now fitted with alarms designed to deter
criminals from breaking in. Problems can arise when the system
malfunctions and the alarm sounds continuously.
The legal requirement for vehicle alarms is that they terminate
after five minutes. If this fails to happen the Council can
disconnect the alarm, but it is expensive, at least £120 and this
cost is passed to the vehicle owner.
In some cases the vehicle may be removed and taken to a place of
storage, this will create additional costs which will also be
passed to the vehicle owner and must be paid before the vehicle can