Recent history of bell alarms in Ireland

Sometimes having a bit of peace and quiet can top everything else. Whether you’re home or out and about, we don’t want to be disturbed by unnecessary, excess noise. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) deal with noise pollution in Ireland and in 1992, they brought out an Act to protect neighbourhoods from being impacted by pollution in many forms.

Earlier this week on Facebook, we polled our community to find out what they honestly do when they hear a bell alarm constantly ringing and the resounding feedback was that the noise drives them up the wall and they ignore it. It inspired us to take a look at a recent history of bell alarm in Ireland.

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The 1992 EPA Act states  Where any noise which is so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch or occurring at such times as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to a person in any premises in the neighbourhood or to a person lawfully using any public place”. This protects the general public from the impact of excessive noise pollution. Faulty alarms are covered in article 106 – 108. A faulty alarm system is described as one that rings for 15 minutes or more.

In January 2008, the Gardaí introduced a new policy, where they would only respond to verified break-ins, due to the high number of false alarm activations.

Penalties for breaking the EPA Act include a fine up to €1,270, imprisonment or both!

To avoid purchasing alarm systems that may become faulty, ensure that your alarm is installed by a PSA registered company. If anything becomes faulty on our alarms, we’ll replace it free of charge. As your alarm will be monitored, you’ll get a guaranteed Garda response if you have a verified break-in.

HomeSecure are fully PSA approved and our alarms come with the highest possible alarm security ratings in Europe. Call on 1800911740 for a home alarm quote.