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Noise pollution concerns police

BVI News Staff - Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 5:18 AM

Deputy Commissioner David Morris

Noise pollution is still an issue of concern to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and the BVI community in general, Deputy Commissioner of Police David Morris announced at a RVIPF event on March 1.

Morris, who was at the time outlining some of the plans the force has listed for 2012, said the community looked to the RVIPF for help.

“We are getting complaints about noise in terms of clubs, licensed premises, cars making loud noises after 10, 11, and 12’o’clock at nights, disturbing the quality of life of residents,” the deputy commissioner stated.

Morris noted that the problem of noise pollution is not only limited to premises and mentioned: “We get complaints of disturbances in the street…disturbing the quality of life of residents.”

The deputy commissioner said that even though noise pollution does not qualify as a serious crime, it is still going to get attention.

“It’s about how we as a policing service, working in partnership with the community and the local government in terms of the ministries, address those needs which aren’t necessarily crime-related but do impact upon the quality of life for people,” he said.

The RVIPF has authority to safeguard against noise pollution from the Noise Abatement Act of 1996.

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  1. Miri Smith
    December 22, 2012
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    In Leverick Bay we have a resort that has loud music every Friday and again from 5 – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday. The owner of the Resort doesnt give a toss; she doesn’t want lots above the resort sold to Locals, because they’ll “make too much noise.” Hellooooooo?????

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    • VG Mwa
      August 6, 2013
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      what is the color of her skin? I rest my case

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  2. Freebottom
    March 5, 2012
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    In free bottom this is a big problem.. The community was never like this… Now there is a garage operating in full effect on the side of the road that makes lots of noise from morning to night daily with the loosening of bults with a compresser machine, dropping and dragging of tools, revving of vehicles and the gathering of men drinking, and chatting and laughing loud as if it’s a bar… And this garage is causing the small road to be clustered with cars causing the place to have lots of traffic and limited parking space for the ppl that actually live in free bottom. I wonder how government could give that man rights to run a garage there. To add to that, there is the loud music from the bar which everyone in the community is complaining about. It’s like they has no consideration for the people that live in the small place. People that comes home from a hard days work deserve to be in there homes with thier family in some sort of peace. Noise pollution is a big problem in free bottom.

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  3. RESIDENT
    March 5, 2012
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    That bloody bar at the entrance to Nanny Cay. Trust me the late noise you have going on there WILL stop. Enclose your building and put sound proof. What is your problem?

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  4. Request
    March 5, 2012
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    I am requesting ‘Super Cop’ be assigned to the Lower Estate area to deal with the problem of these illegal motor scooters and the rude and reckless behaviour of the drivers.

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  5. Keeping it real
    March 5, 2012
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    Those scooters have to go. It is going to have to go. I live in the Road Town area, just recently retired, and the CONSTANT noise from those scooter is literally driving me crazy to the point where I sometimes wish bad things would happen to these drivers just so I could get some peace and quiet. I AM BEGGING YOU PLEASE MR. COMMISSIONER TO TAKE ALL THESE SCOOTERS OFF THE STREET.

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    • March 5, 2012
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      Just like it is written in the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12.
      You need to take your old a– some where and pay attention to your own business if you have any. You have lived your misserable life and now you want to impose your foolishness on the youth of the country, and take away their God given right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You people need to be ashamne of yourself. 8)

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      • at fargo
        March 6, 2012
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        Fargo you left the territory years ago, stay where you are from talking utter nonsense. Why should people have to put up with that kind of disrespect in their own homes? What kind of a society will there be for our grandchildren if your kind of anarchy is allowed to reign?

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        • Youch
          March 6, 2012
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          You sound like a real idiot and I bet you are one of those fools keeping noise on those scooters. I hope you take a rest for a long time.

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        • March 11, 2012
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          Much better than it is at present.

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  6. Thank God for the de
    March 4, 2012
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    You see we going to have a real commissioner now. Good man we need you to do what the former one was not doing. We here at paraquita bay is suffering from that noisy Spanish bar there have no regards to us here. We need the police and government to llook into it. The thing about it the place is a disgrace right on the main road. It’s not a good impression to the tourist.

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    • Point!
      March 5, 2012
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      To whom ever you are…That place was there for years probably way before you moved there and operates with a license! Yes it has alot of noise as most bars do but they abide by the government rules just like all the other bars….At a certain time the music has to be turned down and i live in the same area and i watch the clock and notice when that time comes the music is turned down!! You need to know the rules and how these places operate from blasting them because just how you and i have to get up every morning to make money so do they!!

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      • Thank God for the de
        March 5, 2012
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        You don’t know what you talking about . jJust Friday. Night at about 1:45 am I did called the police to make them turn the music off. That place just open in 2008 and it was not even suppose to open . i can see you knows nothing what you talking about..

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  7. user
    March 4, 2012
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    And please, address the trucks!!! the noise is completely unnecessary!

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  8. Amber
    March 4, 2012
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    Please get Mulligans to understand that the playing of loud music into the wee hours of the morning MUST STOP. Deputy Morris you need to investigate this for us residents of the area.

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  9. Quiet
    March 4, 2012
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    I live in paraquita bay and their is a Spanish bar that plays loud music way after 3:00 am on holidays and weekend. Even though I close my windows tight at nights the vibration from the huge speakers still rock the apartment where I live.this is certainly an urgent issue to be looked at..I wish I can find the owners of the bar and play some dam loud music in the day where they live and see how they will feel. It’s disgusting!

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    • Unknown
      March 4, 2012
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      3:00am That’s the best lie you could of told poor you HATER

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    • Point!
      March 5, 2012
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      To whom ever you are…That place was there for years probably way before you moved there and operates with a license! Yes it has alot of noise as most bars do but they abide by the government rules just like all the other bars….At a certain time the music has to be turned down and i live in the same area and i watch the clock and notice when that time comes the music is turned down!! You need to know the rules and how these places operate from blasting them because just how you and i have to get up every morning to make money so do they!!

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  10. mr green
    March 3, 2012
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    the police need to deal with that crap in baughers bay too, i,m so sick of scooters, the loud music , a very loud fat lady yelling at her kids , and the loud gun fire in there

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    • March 5, 2012
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      I just honestly hope that most of you old stupid people soon lay down and go to sleep for a very long time. :twisted:

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      • PDN
        March 6, 2012
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        @ Billfargo apparently no scientist has discovered you thus far. Given the fact that you can use a computer to post your appalling comments, seems to me you are another species with a tad bit of intelligence. You couldn’t be human.

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  11. o
    March 3, 2012
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    PLEASE…PLEASE.. make the removal of mufflers and muffler stuffing to be ILLEGAL. these NOISY scooters are the WORST. I HATE that stupid noise. Clubs can wait, I just want those scooters to go

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  12. ????????
    March 3, 2012
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    lordy you all wanna make this into a policed state where we cant do anything no big bikes no jet skis no food franchises no mufflers no scooter no nothing damnnnnn. what am i suppose to do when i can do nothing. if u live by the street thats your problem

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    • PDN
      March 3, 2012
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      You sound like one of the hooligans. Absolutely no regard for anyone else. Every word in your comment says ‘selfish’

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    • Library Services
      March 4, 2012
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      Go read a book

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    • Sound travels
      March 4, 2012
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      SOUND TRAVELS. I live up the hill and the noise sounds like it is in my house Ah, the noises of town. Sometimes they are good noises and sounds and sometimes they are not. There are lots of noises from town that we hear daily and nightly that echoes through the streets and up the hillside. These beautiful rocky hills have the best acoustics I have ever heard, or, the people in town have the biggest speakers in the world and the vehicles.

      We hear the noise of the traffic, the engines of motorbikes and cars, the squealing tires, the sound of the roosters, horns from vehicles, shouting people, gun shots, the church lady at 7:00AM on Saturday, generators for the grocery stores when the power goes out, barking dogs, those big trucks downshifting, air brakes, the garbage trucks clanking around, construction of some sort, speed boats, and children playing and crying, the church bells, the nice music that comes from town, and sometimes quiet, just to name a few of these sounds noises. We also hear all the loud music, if that is what you want to call it, which is played way into the hours of the night and early morning from businesses and people in and around town. What is that “music” that is so loud and has the same beat? That is not music, just loud noise.

      I like being close to town and looking over town. But the police, people, and businesses need to be more considerate when playing their extremely loud music and creating noise.

      One specific complaint, for those who live in and around Road Town, do you hear the vehicle that goes racing through town between the wee hours of the morning around 2:30 AM – 5:30 AM? It is a car or a motorcycle with a loud engine that sounds like WEEEEEEEEEE, say that in the highest pitched voice you have. When you hear this vehicle, can you please call and complain to the police. This disruption goes on every morning around the same time. If not every morning, then five times a week, this is not exaggerating, between 2:30AM and 5:00AM. This vehicle goes racing through town screeching its engine and tires. They go around town beeping their horns as communication to each other. It is a menace to the community, hazard to other vehicles on the road, and a noise nuisance for those who have the pleasure of living up the hill to hear such a noise.

      Interesting that these vehicle and/or person can use Road Town as their personal race track with a deafening engine noise, speeding around town, reeking havoc and being a menace to Road Town, breaking the law speeding and the noise ordinance. It is a menace to the community, hazard to other vehicles on the road, and a noise nuisance for those who have the pleasure of living up the hill to hear such a noise.

      I will say that there have been a few times when I have complained about the loud music, and there was one officer, bless him, who did actually show some concern, and made the music stop. Thank you for that.

      A simple phone call to the police should be able to fix this extremely inconsiderate and law breaking problem. I tried to explain that we do have a noise/decibel/disruption ordinance, of which they are not aware, and that they, the Police, need to put a stop to it.
      So, for those who live in and around Road Town, when you hear the unpleasant noises of town, please call the police and complain.

      Police and Government, please make it stop. Thank you.

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      • March 5, 2012
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        Had it ever crossed your mind that your big house on the hill is the real problem, because it is not properly insulated.

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        • Sound travels
          March 10, 2012
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          You are an idiot. I live in the huge white cement apartment building above estates with you idiots.

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    • strupes
      March 5, 2012
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      You sound like a REAL JACK DONKEY. These things would not have to be taken away if they were used properly. They give you fools the opportunity to have scooters and what do you do, you put on these noisy mufflers and drive around recklessly endangering the lives of people and increasing the noise pollution.

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  13. Island Man
    March 3, 2012
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    There is a spanish club owned by Friennie and rented to bouncer at Paraquita Bay. Those people have no regards to people on hallidays and nights. There play lould music all hrs at night untill morning. Police does come sometime and stop them and as soon as the police gone there turn the music louder. We need the policeman Callwood in the area. Something need to be done about that run shop. Please we the people of Paraquita bay to Welks point need something to be done.

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    • Point!
      March 5, 2012
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      To whom ever you are…That place was there for years probably way before you moved there and operates with a license! Yes it has alot of noise as most bars do but they abide by the government rules just like all the other bars….At a certain time the music has to be turned down and i live in the same area and i watch the clock and notice when that time comes the music is turned down!! You need to know the rules and how these places operate from blasting them because just how you and i have to get up every morning to make money so do they!! P.S Learn to spell!!

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  14. bvislander
    March 3, 2012
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    I THOUGHT THERE WAS A SPEED LIMIT IN THE HARBOUR, SPEED LIMIT ON WATERFRONT DRIVE, MUFFLERS WERE REQUIRED AND RACING WAS NOT LEGAL….EVERYONE IN GOVERNMENT CAN HEAR THE RACING AND CONSTANT NOISE POLLUTION FROM THE HARBOUR AND ROADS SURROUNDING…..

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  15. Too little too late
    March 3, 2012
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    Agreed the noise can lead to crime and must be addressed. At my home I have not slept through a night in months thanks to car stereos blasting and scooters “peeling out” at 1, 2 or 3 in the morning. I have complained and asked them to please be considerate, I have called the police. In response I have been threatened and verbally abused by these thugs. I live in a war zone!

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  16. PDN
    March 3, 2012
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    I’m happy that this is being addressed. I do not agree with the statement ‘noise pollution does not qualify as a serious crime’Imagine waking up at 1 in the morning to skidding tires, continuous honking of motor vehicle horn, bikes racing, the the annoying boom boom from the club next door, vibrating the window panes. Imagine babies and children being disturbed? Residents might be tempted to take things into their own hands. It might not be a crime but the results might be deadly. Everyone needs a good night’s rest to function effectively, well maybe except the hooligans who indulge in such atrocities. So my humble request is Mr. Deputy Commissioner, kindly look into this and ensure that the penalty is heavy as to teach other a lesson.

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  17. S.R.
    March 3, 2012
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    I would like to add DOGS to the list of noise polution. Some dogs bark 24/7, others bark all night, and MANY bark when the owners are not home. When speaking to meighbors, they question or do not believe you as they never hear the dogs bark. The dogs are perfect when they are home. The dogs are no good as gurads if they are not quiet until an intruder comes on the property. Maybe one officer needs to be designated a dog (animal) officer to take animal complaints.

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    • Agree
      March 3, 2012
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      Fully agree, some nights in josiahs bay the dogs bark all the time, area around tamarind worse of all

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    • March 5, 2012
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      What in the Hell!!! What? That is what a dog is born to do: Bark at the moon and eat shit.

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    • SPCA to the BVI
      March 6, 2012
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      I was about to comment the same. I am awakened every night by the neighborhood dogs. Since my landlord added one to the mix I haven’t slept a decent nights sleep in months. These animals bark all night long. They’re probably all howling to each other about how horrible their owners treat them and leave them outside to the elements with little food or water, never pet or bathe them, give them no love, etc. It’s sickening the way dogs are treated. If the BVI had an SPCA here there are many dog owners who would have their dogs taken from them in a split second. The owners who allow their dogs to bark all night are ignorant persons and when other ignorant persons come along and poison those dogs they should be realizing the problem isn’t the dogs but the owners.

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      • Boo
        March 10, 2012
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        Owner’s who let their dogs bark all night. Did you actually read that before you hit send?

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