Nuisance house alarms

A local councillor has slammed the owners of nuisance house alarms, which are plaguing neighbourhoods in Kildare town.

A local councillor has slammed the owners of nuisance house alarms, which are plaguing neighbourhoods in Kildare town.

Nuisance house alarms are a serious quality of life issue, according to Cllr. Tony O’Donnell. He is calling on owners to take action immediately or face significant penalties.

“Certain Kildare Town neighbourhoods, particularly on the Rathbride Road, are victims to a near constant stream of ringing burglar alarms. While the occasional alarm is a nuisance, constantly ringing alarms are now a quality of life issue. They deprive people of basic peace and quiet, and cause them to retreat into their homes in the hope of peace and quiet. These alarms ring at all hours waking residents, rousing dogs, disturbing sleeping children and depriving shift-workers of their rest.

“Under the 1992 Environmental Protection Agency Act, homeowners face fines of up to €3,000, 12 months imprisonment or both. The Act recognises the fundamental right we all have to peace in our homes, and the severe penalties reflect this.

“In addition, the Private Rental Tenancies Board will pursue the owners of rental properties if tenants are proving a nuisance of this type. I ask all residents to please contact the offending homeowners in the first instance, and then take whatever steps are available to reclaim our communities from this scourge.”

- Niamh O’Donoghue