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Pollution Control - Don't Be A Noise Nuisance, Register Your Burglar Alarm

Absent residents who annoy their neighbours with noisy intruder alarms could face bills running into hundreds of pounds.

Basildon Council recommends that people with burglar alarms should register their key holder details with the Council's Environmental Health Services before finding themselves out of pocket and faced with the embarrassment of being locked out of their own homes.

Every year the Council receives complaints about alarms going on for hours and hours. This can cause a lot of distress to nearby residents and can be very expensive for the owners of the property when they return.

If an alarm sounds for more than 20 minutes and is causing a nuisance, the Council can obtain a warrant from the Magistrates Court and have the powers to call a locksmith to enter the premises and deal with the alarm, then fit a new lock before they leave. In some cases a specialist electrician must be called in to deal with the system. All these costs mount up.

There is no need for any of this if residents just complete a simple form and return it to Basildon Council.

Key holders should live within a reasonable travelling distance to the property and should be made aware that they could be called on in the middle of the night by environmental health officers if the alarm goes off.

Register your key holder details

Householders can register their key holder details with Basildon Council's Environmental Health Services by completing an Audible Alarm Registration form.

See Downloadable form: pdf icon Burglar Alarm Registration Form [74kb]

Once your details have been registered, should there be a problem with your alarm misfiring, an Environmental Health Officer should be able to contact a key holder to deal with the noise nuisance quickly. This could save you considerable expense and save your neighbours a long period of disturbance.

Please remember to notify this office of any changes to these details.

Any details held by the Council will be strictly confidential and kept securely.

 In addition to registering key holders, it is important to:

  • ensure the alarm is installed by a reputable company
  • make sure the alarm is fitted with the legal 20 minute cut-out device
  • have the alarm serviced regularly
  • tell neighbours how they can contact key holders

If you require any further information regarding burglar alarms, please contact us using the details below.

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