HUDDERSFIELD householders could face a hefty bill if their burglar alarm causes a nuisance to their neighbours.
The warning came from Kirklees Council's Environmental Services in the run-up to Noise Action Week from May 23 to 27.
Officers have warned that if a burglar alarm causes a noise nuisance, and Environmental Services can't trace anyone to turn it off, they can serve a notice under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on the occupier of the property and then disconnect the alarm.
They employ an alarm engineer to do this and pass on the costs of the engineer and the Environmental Health Officer's time to the house occupier.
A spokesman said: "People install intruder alarms on their premises to protect against break-ins.
"However, the alarm may malfunction, a pet may set off the alarm, or the alarm could be a result of a power cut.
"Even an attempted break-in has been known to cause a persistent noise nuisance for neighbours.
"To avoid these costs and causing an inconvenience and distress to neighbours, householders should make sure that their alarm is properly maintained, serviced and complies with BS 4737 (1986).
"It should also comply with the Code of Practice on Noise from Audible Intruder Alarms."
Alarms should be fitted with a 20 minute cut off and details of keyholders (i.e friends or relatives who have a key and know how to silence the alarm) should be lodged with the police and local authority.
Both should be notified in writing of the names and details of two keyholders who can attend within 20 minutes.
The council spokesman said: "Car alarms can also cause a nuisance and can be too loud for too long.
"Make sure your alarm is fitted by a reputable company and that the manufacturer's instructions are being followed.
"Also ensure your alarm is not too sensitive, if you live in a windy area, and make sure your alarm is fitted with an automatic cut off time."
* Keep the volume on your radio, TV or stereo as low as possible, especially late at night. Use headphones if possible.
* Put fridges, freezers and loudspeakers away from party walls.
* Do not use washing machines, vacs or power tools early in the morning or late at night.
* If you are carrying out noisy work let your neighbours know beforehand. Also, do the work as quickly as possible.
* Don't rev your car engine excessively, close doors quietly and use your horn only in emergencies.
* Don't let your dog bark or whine for long periods.
* If you have a party, let your neighbours know and, better still, invite them. Keep the music volume down and go home quietly.
* If you play a musical instrument, do not practise early in the morning or late at night
* If your children are playing outside, make sure they do not cause excessive disturbance
* Make sure your car and house alarms are properly fitted and have cut-out devices.
* Ring for help on the following numbers: Environmental Services on 01484 226436, or to report barking dogs ring 01484 226883.