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Some sort of alarm in Valance Road.Can you help?

On 22 Aug 2010 at 9:18pm Earplugs. wrote:
5.00 this afternoon a car alarm,or house alarm started going off in the bottom end of Valance Road Lewes. It sounds more like a house alarm...
After a few phone calls to me from the various folks who live in my block of flats I rang the police at about 7,00,who said that seeing as there were no other complaints there was little that they could do.
Just had a call from an environmental health officer (stand in) who suggested that I go and find out which car/property the noise is coming from.He also said that it would involve getting a magistrate up to sort this noise.
I feel a bit bad doing this but the noise is driving me nuts !!
Any thoughts??
On 22 Aug 2010 at 10:09pm Independent thinker wrote:
This brings back memories from about 5 years ago when a house near ours had an alarm go off that just kept going. Ear splitting. Like in your case police wouldn't investigate. The environmental health people at the time were great about helping. We looked up the make of the box, rang them to see if we could find out who the contact person was for it, but they couldn't reach them. In the end the EHO person got a ladder, climbed up, and dismantled the box so everyone on the street could finally get some sleep. When the neighbours eventually came back days later they seemed puzzled about the missing alarm, before getting a new one fitted. By the way, I was told they're only meant to go off for up to 20 minutes, so it must be old or faulty.

Of course what struck me about it is given the police won't investigate, and the alarm company won't send anyone around, why on earth do insurance companies give a discount to people that have them?
On 22 Aug 2010 at 10:15pm Smiled wrote:
We had one go off opposite us once, a neighbour got so angry he just took a lump hammer to it.
I'm not saying you should do that though.
On 22 Aug 2010 at 10:52pm Earplugs. wrote:
Well,even though I was the only person to complain...Evironmental health came out (from Btn cause I asked him.. He rang me,confirmed that it was the house that I thought was alarmimg...Nothing he can do.
Judging by the look of the house they are on holiday.
He said we may just have to put up with it!!
This is a burglar alarm...How do we know if it is a burglary??
On 23 Aug 2010 at 8:43am sashimi wrote:
Next time it's worth reporting this as a suspected burglary. The police will then come out whatever they say. Have no qualms about getting a magistrate up. That's what they are there for. Holiday time is difficult. Of course, you leave the alarm on - but you should leave a keyholder's name with the police or the alarm could run on for a fortnight.
On 23 Aug 2010 at 9:39am Earplugs. wrote:
It has been going all night.I cannot believe I am the only person to complain....I ended up sleeping in the front room as my bedroom window is right next door to their house.
Rang enviromental health again this morning,really hope they can sort this...
On 23 Aug 2010 at 9:39am Independent thinker wrote:
Earplugs, can you see the make of the alarm? if so try ringing the company to see if they have a keyholder name for it. Otherwise get your neighbours to file complaints as well and keep going with the local EH team until they take action. Think about it, if this was someone playing extremely loud music non-stop, action would be taken. Why should a broken alarm be any different?
On 23 Aug 2010 at 9:39am Peter and Boon-Nam wrote:
I remember a few years ago in London, my car alarm went off in the middle of the night and I was dead to the world, never heard a dickie bird, next morning some officious chap arrived and slapped a fine on me for noise pollution or some such thing. Last time I had an alarm of any sort I can tell you. Neighbours were fit to throttle me the next day ha ha. Must dash, catch you later. Best, Peter
On 23 Aug 2010 at 9:54am Feline wrote:
From LDC website:
Burglar alarms on business premises or domestic premises can be a useful deterrent. Occasionally they can be a serious noise nuisance due to false alarms or faulty setting. In order to avoid the chance of burglar alarms giving rise to noise nuisance, householders/managers should ensure that the alarm has a cut-out device, and keyholders can be readily contacted and can attend within 20 minutes.
Sussex Police no longer keep keyholder details themselves, but have joined up with the keyholder scheme Peace for a Pound. If an alarm continues to sound we may have no option but to take formal action. This action can include silencing of the alarm at the owner's expense.
On 23 Aug 2010 at 10:56am Earplugs. wrote:
It's stopped. WOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The silence is deafening....
On 23 Aug 2010 at 4:01pm Earplugs wrote:
Just had a calll from the nice man from the Environmental Health.
He said he visited the house in question and the housesitters were wondering about the noise too.
Turns out it was a fire alarm that had been recently removed from the house and put in the shed.
He said they attacked it with a hammer as they weren't sure how to remove the battery.
Thank you to the Environmental Health!!
On 23 Aug 2010 at 4:13pm Peter and Boo wrote:
'Attacked with a hammer', no wonder the alarm bells were ringing, goodness me, it all happen is our town eh? Best Peter

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