Charlottesville Police Update Council on Neighborhood Noise Control

Posted: Updated: Sep 16, 2013 11:45 PM
Charlottesville police upped enforcement after noise complaints in the Venable neighborhood. Charlottesville police upped enforcement after noise complaints in the Venable neighborhood.

Monday night Charlottesville police updated city councilors on efforts to turn down the volume on University of Virginia student parties. Officers are tracking the noise complaints and violations in the Venable neighborhood.

Police increased enforcement of the city's noise ordinance after people who live in the Venable neighborhood complained to City Council last August. Now, they have a year's worth of numbers to track the noise nuisance.

Signs of parties litter the lawns and sidewalks in the Venable neighborhood. Over a three year period Charlottesville police reported 1,152 noise complaints in Venable - more than double the next noisiest neighborhood.

Police say officers are more actively enforcing the city's noise ordinance after a first warning, and the number of noise complaints dropped by 35 calls in the first eight months of this year compared to the same time last year before the increased enforcement.

Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department said, "We're responding to the complaints of our community - the general complaints from our Venable Neighborhood Association - and working consciously to reduce the number of calls for service that deal with noise complaints in that neighborhood."

Charlottesville police only made one arrest for a noise violation in the Venable neighborhood from January to mid-August. Officers arrested nine people through all of 2012.

The police department says it needs another year to follow the progress of noise enforcement before council decides whether to change the city's ordinance with tougher fines for noise violations.

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