Nuisance is defined as “anything that is injurious to health, indecent, offensive to the sense”. There are two types of nuisance: private nuisance and public nuisance.
A private nuisance occurs when a person uses his or her property in a way that harms or interferes with another person’s property. For examples, if someone causing unpleasant odors or dumping waste to neighbor’s property that would be creating a private nuisance, killing neighbor’s grass, making noise early in the morning or late night.
A public nuisance occurs when someone interferes with community, region or area. It may include by disturbing health or safety of a community or may not.
The typical remedy for nuisance is not money damages but an injunction to stop or remove the activity causing the nuisance.
I want to talk about the apartment I used to live in. I left my parents’ house 3 years ago and wanted to live in my own. I moved in to an apartment complex called Reflection. It’s on Bears avenue. It is a furnished apartment. Mostly students live there. I really liked it there; especially to have my best friend as my roommate. The liking did not stay long, one of the reason and the main reason was nuisance, the music nuisance. Music supposed to give peace of mind not annoys people. We had really hard time to sleep, study or just even a quiet time for ourselves. We complained at the apartment office. It really did not work. We had a quiet time for couple of days then went back to the same. It was not only us who thought that music nuisance was disturbing. However, nobody wanted to step up and do anything about it.
So, what can one person do? What can a neighborhood watch group do? The police cannot be everywhere at every time. What they do need are interested citizens can be the “eyes and ear” of the police. The neighborhood watch program consists of interested neighbors in an area who want preserve the peace of their homes and the quality of life in their neighborhood. The problem of neighborhoods noise is a serious one. Close to 500 people complain about disturbances to Council’s Noise Section ever year and occurrences are increasing by 12% every 12 months on average. Nearly 50% of all complaints involve amplified music. Other sources are building works 8.6%, wood/metal working 6.9%, industry 5.3%, ventilation systems 3.3%, animals 3.1%, vehicle repair 2.9%, swimming pool filtration systems 2.6%, canopies, 2.4%, and generating equipment 2.2%.
My roommate and I initiated to do a survey, how to resolve this issue. A survey questionnaire was developed which was used as a tool to determine the extent of the problem, its awareness and impact on the society and the probable solution for it. This questionnaire was designed using the format of “Yes, No” and “Multiple Choice with one possible answers”. The survey was conducted randomly. Residents, both male and female, over the age of 18 years living in Reflection apartment complex were surveyed. Visitors were excluded. A total of 10 questions were asked from the participants in one setting. Each survey took approximately 10 minutes. The data of the survey was analyzed and the results outlined.
Survey results - After conducting the survey and reviewing the results it was obvious that this issue is a concern in my community. It was identified by 8 of 10 people who expressed concern about the loud music nuisance in our neighborhood. 60% of the residents said that the community should post sign restricting loud music and 30% said that the offenders should be penalized. Interestingly 50% of the interviewees thought that loud music is most of time associate with smoking, alcohol and substance abuse. When asked if the community should provide a common place where residents may play loud music in that confined area, 70 % did not agree.
We were unable to do anything about the nuisance. We had to deal with it until our contract was over.
Loud Music causes nuisance in the residential community. Most of the residents are aware of the problem but do not know if there is an easy solution to it. Posting signs, family initiatives and penalizing the offenders are thought to be some of the solutions to this problem. Also long time, expose to loud noise can cause hearing loss. Music nuisance is not only disturbing; it can be harmful to the health. Our environment is the air we breath and the sounds we hear.
Written by: Tania