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#1 Mpjp is feral

Posted 24 December 2016 - 09:59 PM

Any ideas on what we can do to get some sleep? The sound box is next to our bedroom window.

It's a motion triggered, $200 home job. Not connected to a security company.

It's been going for hours. We don't know them but know they're away. Don't know how long for, but know it's at least 5 days bc their bins have been put out.

Rang the police. They can't do anything. I asked what we do if they're away for months. They said to buy earplugs.

I feel like crying. It's been a crap year, I work on average 60-70 hours a week, I'm exhausted. I've got a weeks leave to try to recover my energy before another full on year.

What sort of trouble will we get in if we try to break the sound box?

#2 nasty snaugh

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:04 PM

Can you maybe check if they know any other neighbours? They may have left a key, or contact instructions?

You can't be the only people being disturbed.

Failing that, pull a fuse?

#3 perthgal3

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:05 PM

This has happened to me before..it sucks! My neighbours only went for 10 minutes at a time & then reset. It seemed to go off again every few hours but the battery started going flat after a few times. After a couple of days it was just a soft wail that you could only just barely hear outside.

#4 Cretaceous

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:07 PM

You might have more luck with the EPA and/or your local Council.

#5 DebbieDoesSanta

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:07 PM

I would do a google search of their address first, and see what comes up, to see if you could potentially contact them.

Or I would call the police again and ask the police if they could contact them on your behalf. There is no reason why they shouldn't!

#6 Greatmum

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:08 PM

Can I switch off their electricity.

#7 Silly Old Elf

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:08 PM

if it is a rental you can call the agent. Google the house to find the agent :ninja: And no, police cannot do anything.

If not, then I would check with other neighbours. They may have a number to contact. We have told our neighbours who to contact if the alarm goes off when we are away. That contact has the security code.

Good luck, totally sucks :(

#8 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:15 PM

This makes me angry! I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. I'd smash the ****ing thing.

But before that, I'd try the PPs' suggestions. Best of luck, and may you have a peaceful, quiet, break. :)

#9 Mpjp is feral

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:25 PM

Nothing comes up on google for the address, no other neighbors have their contact details.

They've only just installed the thing..wonder how long batteries last?

We've googled the system...it's $200 off the internet and isn't hard wired in.


No council open till Tuesday. Police said they still need a warrant to act (council that is, cops won't do asjything).

A bunch of neighbors are thinking of putting on masks and breaking the thing!!! (It's a camera).

#10 Franny and Zooey

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:25 PM

Do you know their name - can you Facebook messsage them?  If not just flip their fuse box.

#11 Mpjp is feral

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:28 PM

Not wired in so fuse box won't help.

No kne knows their last names...

#12 marple

Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:42 PM

No guarantees but my sparky DP suggests you locate the external siren and accidentally hose it until it shorts out.

Good luck


Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:00 PM

I would check to see if there is any wiring to the box and cut it if there is.  If it's a $200 cheap job and you don't have the common sense to give your neighbors your contact details then suck up the loss.

#14 VVV

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:03 PM

Councils often have an after hours number for call outs - I wonder if they could help in this instance?

#15 nasty snaugh

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:09 PM

I'd be letting the mask owning neighbours have at it, to be honest.

A $200 eBay system probably doesn't store or send pics anyway.

#16 *cough*

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:11 PM

 marple, on 24 December 2016 - 10:42 PM, said:

No guarantees but my sparky DP suggests you locate the external siren and accidentally hose it until it shorts out.

Good luck

This seems like a good idea!!

#17 casime

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:17 PM

Shut it off, however you can.  Cut the cable, put a rock through the siren, whatever it takes.

I'd hate to think that something at my house would impact my neighbours for weeks while I was away, and would expect them to take whatever steps to stop the ridiculous noise in my absence.

#18 lunariviera

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:24 PM

Won't the police attend in case their was a robbery? There might have been one to set it off? Maybe someone else should report the suspected roberry...

#19 Cat12

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:31 PM

Hose that sucker down!

#20 ytt

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:47 PM

This is the reason we don't set the alarm that came with our house. It's not monitored to a base company so it would just go on and on and on.

Our neighbours have an alarm that is monitored, it goes off every month or so but as it's monitored they turn it off remotely pretty quickly. I usually go over and look in the windows just to make sure but it's always a false alarm.

#21 Tinkle Splashes

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:51 PM

Hose it!

#22 Fresh Start

Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:55 PM

Hose it or let the masked neighbours at it.

#23 WTFJerk

Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:05 AM

Council couldn't do anything now in any case.  Noise/nuisance is all after the fact and about penalising not acting in the moment.

ETA:  Go the hose

Edited by Jolly Jerk, 25 December 2016 - 12:23 AM.

#24 terri_Mc

Posted 25 December 2016 - 01:46 AM

Were you able to do anything about it OP?

#25 Smoo

Posted 25 December 2016 - 07:24 AM

Can you just put some tape over the motion sensor?

NB in NSW at least you're not allowed to have an alarm set to go over 5 minutes http://www.epa.nsw.g...oise/alarms.htm

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