Keep the noise down, police remind residents
Didsbury RCMP are advising residents of Carstairs to keep the noise down, after several recent loud noise complaints.
“Now that spring is upon us and summer is close by, people are enjoying their yards a lot more,” said Cpl. Warren Wright of the Didsbury RCMP. “Last week, police were dispatched to complaints involving residents throwing parties in the evening, which inevitably spilled outside and woke up their neighbours. We also had a complaint of residents enjoying their home stereo at full volume in the afternoon, with their windows and doors wide open, causing their neighbour’s walls to vibrate.”
Cpl. Wright added that the RCMP or municipal enforcement will try to work with the residents to resolve any noise complaints at the first instance.
“However, sometimes this plan doesn’t work,” said Cpl. Wright. “If we’re called back to the same property a second time, we will charge under the Carstairs Municipal Bylaw 706 Section 3 (1).”
That bylaw states: “. . . no person shall make, continue or cause or allow to be made or continue any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise whatsoever which either annoys, disturbs, injures or detracts from the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons within the Town.”
“The offending resident will be issued a summons to provincial court with the appropriate fine attached to it, which goes up incrementally with any consecutive complaints received,” Cpl. Wright said. “In some very rare and unfortunate cases, the RCMP may have to rely on Section 430 of the Criminal Code to get compliance, also known as mischief.”
This provision makes it a criminal offence to interfere with someone else’s enjoyment of their property.
“We want to remind residents to enjoy themselves responsibly and be considerate and mindful of their neighbours,” added Cpl. Wright. “Your music and activities shouldn’t interfere with someone else’s enjoyment of their home or community.”