Burglar alarms - what does the law say?

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005) we have a statutory duty to deal with any disturbance which we are satisfied is causing a statutory nuisance.

The persistent or repeated sounding of an audible intruder alarm may give rise to a nuisance if it prevents people in the vicinity from using or enjoying their own property i.e. if it prevents them from sleeping or is very intrusive inside their premises. If this occurs and the alarm is not turned off then we can take further action.

Once the police are satisfied that there is no criminal activity taking place at the premises and we are satisfied that the noise of the alarm is causing a statutory nuisance, then the investigating officer can disable the alarm or where necessary make application to the Duty Magistrate for a warrant to enter the premises.

The services of an alarm engineer and a locksmith will be engaged by us in order to assist the need to disable any misfiring system and/or facilitate access where necessary. We will ensure that upon leaving, the premises are left in a secure condition as possible.

The costs incurred by us during this process will be recharged to the occupier of the premises. This can be very expensive and will include our costs, the costs of the locksmith and the costs of the alarm engineer.