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Intruder alarms

Noise from intruder alarms can be a great source of annoyance since they can ring persistently and through the night.

In the case of a one-off incident it is unlikely that the matter will constitute a statutory nuisance and no action would be possible by the Council.

However, for alarms which repeatedly sound it is possible that these noises may cause a statutory nuisance within the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Other legal provision which may be applicable are common law nuisance and section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Both of these allow individuals to take their own legal action and may offer a more speedy remedy than we can offer using our powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

We would advise you to speak to the person(s) responsible in the first instance. They may be unaware of the degree of disturbance they are causing.

Before you make a formal complaint we strongly recommend you read our guidance notes on making a complaint.

We will need to know exactly where the alarm is situated and when it may be witnessed by our officers. Any other information would be helpful.

We would also advise you to make a complaint to the owner of the property from which the disturbance emanates if it is occupied by a tenant

If you are responsible for a property which has an audible intruder alarm it is recommended that you read our alarmholders advice page.