Action to be taken on nui­sance alarms

LEG­IS­LA­TION GAR­DAI GET PER­MIS­SION TO IN­TER­VENE

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

A GARDA spokesman has said that the force will wait to see what for­mat the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing them to switch off nui­sance alarms will take be­fore they com­ment on whether or not it is wel­come.

The Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing mea­sures to al­low mem­bers of An Garda Siochána to switch off nui­sance house and car alarms if the own­ers are ab­sent.

The pro­pos­als would al­low the Gar­daí to en­ter the house of an ab­sent house­holder to turn off a nui­sance alarm and also to in­voice the res­i­dent for any costs in­curred.

The prob­lem has been com­mon around the town for sev­eral years, par­tic­u­larly in large hous­ing es­tates and dur­ing times of year when peo­ple would be away, such as Christ­mas, sum­mer and bank hol­i­day week­ends.

‘I don’t see what it is that stops peo­ple from just leav­ing a key with a neigh­bour or fam­ily mem­ber,’ said one res­i­dent of The Head­lands in Bray, who said that she has been plagued by alarms go­ing off at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and stay­ing that way for sev­eral days.

‘On one oc­ca­sion I had to go to stay with a rel­a­tive be­cause the alarm was so loud for the whole week­end and I couldn’t sleep prop­erly. The Gar­daí can’t do any­thing about it at the mo­ment un­der cur­rent leg­is­la­tion.’

‘It’s def­i­nitely a source of se­vere ir­ri­ta­tion for peo­ple,’ said Garda De­clan Lynch, who said that it is frus­trat­ing for mem­bers of the force who can do noth­ing to help neigh­bours dis­turbed by the noise.

‘It’s a source of nui­sance and we can’t do any­thing about it but the like­li­hood of any well main­tained alarm go­ing off for no rea­son is low.’

He added that in the case of a prop­erly mon­i­tored alarm, reg­is­tered key-hold­ers should be con­tacted by the ser­vice provider as soon as the de­vice was set off.

Garda Lynch said that gar­daí would wait to see the con­tents of the leg­is­la­tion, as there could be dif­fi­cult is­sues to over­come such as go­ing on to pri­vate prop­erty. ‘It is up to the leg­is­la­tors to con­struct the law to be fair to ev­ery­body in­volved,’ he con­cluded.

The Gov­ern­ment ad­mit­ted last week that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tough new pow­ers could run into le­gal dif­fi­cul­ties.

Un­der the new pro­pos­als Gar­daí will be able to im­pose on-thes­pot fines for rowdy ten­ants and house­hold­ers.

House­hold­ers and busi­nesses with bur­glar alarms will also have to up­grade their de­vices to mon­i­tored alarms or sys­tems that in­cor­po­rate a 15-minute cut­off pe­riod within two years or face prose­cu­tion.

Min­is­ter Gorm­ley said he hopes to have leg­is­la­tion ready by next March.

The prob­lem of nui­sance fire alarms is to be tack­led.

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