Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Loud music coming from vehicles in my neighborhood
Q: What can be done about loud music coming from vehicles in my neighborhood, at all times of night and day theres at least 4 houses in my block that have vehicles that have music loud enough to shake my house and getting very annoying,I called police once and noone even came out.

A: Loud noise is a common problem, but also difficult to enforce, especially if it comes from a vehicle,
which tends to move and be gone by the time police respond, more often than not.

City ordinance 13-57 provides for Unreasonable Noise to be enforced in vehicles pretty much anytime. Loud music/noise/parties from houses is a bit more tricky with an expectation of some noise allowed typically until 11PM. If a noise complaint is made, it will be dispatched. If an officer drives into the area, the noise in question will be attempted to locate or be heard. If the officer deems it unreasonable at that point contact can be made asking the party to turn it down or other such
warning, and then a citation can be issued thereafter. If no noise is heard by the officer then no contact may be made to the offending person/vehicle/residence.

If you request a contact by the investigating officer then specify this when calling and the officer will stop by to speak with you about the incident. Often times the calls are made by anonymous residents (for understandable reasons), however without this contact if more information is needed then the officer has nothing to go on other than hearing no noise/not loud enough noise. More information on the ordinance is here.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 7:09 PM  

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