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Monday, 24 June 2013

Faulty Burglar Alarms Lead to Unwanted Visitors

Forgetting to check if your burglar alarm is working correctly before jetting off on your summer holiday could lead to an unwanted visit from Richmond Council, and hundreds of pounds in costs if the authority has to silence the alarm by force.

Each year the Council receives approximately 100 calls from residents complaining about faulty burglar alarms keeping them awake at night and disturbing them during the day.

If an alarm malfunctions and the Council cannot contact anyone to shut it off, enforcement officers may have to silence external alarms by force, or even break into properties, under a magistrates’ warrant, to deactivate internal alarms. The cost of this is charged to the alarm holder.

Before going away make sure you:

Check your alarm is working properly – including the cut-off device that prevents the alarm from sounding for more than 20 minutes

Appoint one or more key holders who can be contacted to turn your alarm off in the event of a malfunction – and notify the Council of their contact details, and your own. We will always try to contact you first if there is a problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

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