Angry Burnham residents call on council
to silence nuisance burglar alarm
residents on a Burnham housing estate have called in the district
council after being kept awake by a faulty burglar alarm which
kept ringing while the owners of the house were on holiday.
the owner had left no details of keyholders with the council or
police, Sedgemoor District Council had no alternative but to deal
with the matter under the Environmental Protection Act as a serious
noise nuisance. This noise nuisance is detrimental to adjoining
with a Justice's Warrant to enter the property, a council employee
then enlisted the help of a locksmith and an alarm expert to silence
the alarm - much to the relief of nearby residents.
occupiers of the house will have an unpleasant shock when they
return as they will be faced with a large bill. The final cost
has yet to be calculated, but it could be £400 or more.
Sedgemoor District Council spokesperson said: "Technically,
they have committed an offence punishable by a fine of up to £5,000
for allowing their alarm to sound in contravention of a notice
that was served in their absence. Alarms
should silence themselves within 20 minutes."
moral of the tale is to let the police and council know, in writing,
the contact details of two keyholders who could silence your alarm
before going away on holiday," added the spokesperson.
to do if a nuisance burglar alarm sounds near you:
If you feel the alarm is causing a nuisance, try to establish
the exact source of it as this enables the problem resolved
more swiftly. Note down the address and any other relevant
details such as the name of the company on the alarm box
or, if it's a car alarm, the registration number plus colour,
make and model.
You should in the first instance ring Burnham police on
0845 4567000. They will respond if there has been a break-in.
They will not, however, act to silence an alarm if there
has not been a break-in.
Ask neighbours if they know the whereabouts of the owner/occupiers
or if anyone knows who holds a key.
If the alarm is causing a problem over a long period of
time, you can contact Sedgemoor District Council on 0845
Try not to leave it until the end of the day to report a
problem. It is easier for the council to deal with the problem
if they receive the complaint earlier in the day.