Geneva Residents Want Police to Enforce Noise Ordinance

Music laced with profanity continues to blare through a Geneva neighborhood. Residents are asking police to crack down.

Geneva Homeowner Michell Harding says it takes place at anytime during the day or night: a vehicle driving by with the sound system wide-open.

Mrs. Harding says she and her neighbors are tired of the harassment. "It's bad; the music will cause the house to rattle. It would make the dead awake, yes, it's bad," she said.

Over the weekend, Mary Ward's husband got into an argument with a young man driving with his boom box turned "way up".

A city noise ordinance prohibits the sound from a vehicle traveling more than 10-feet away.

Ward says, "I don't try and cram my music down anyone's throat, and I expect the same respect. I'm tired of my windows rattling and being forced to hear it while I try and sleep."

Glenda Brock, a Geneva parent, said, "This is my parent's home, and it's real bad to hear the music and it's disrespectful. It’s real bad."

Longtime City Police Chief Frankie Lindsey and his officers have been writing noise citations. He would like to see the penalties stiffened. He says, "Perhaps get it to $500 dollars; we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior here in Geneva."

With the summer season fast approaching, homeowners expect the noise problem to get worse before getting better.

Chief Lindsey will propose to the city council an increase in fines associated with the noise ordinance.


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  • by Leah Location: Malvern on May 31, 2007 at 06:35 PM
    Wonder why they didn't enforce the noise ordinance for me when I complained constantly against my neighbor "Matt"? They told me I'd have to file charges to get something done! What gives????
  • by andy Location: dothan on May 31, 2007 at 06:09 AM
    This is a problem all across the nation. The disrespect of individuals blasting bass out of there vehicles while traveling thru domestic residence housing is outrageous. Many times law enforcement has been called and residents have been told by officers “since I did not actually hear the music being played, there is nothing I can do about it”. Unless the laws are enforced there will never be an end to the sound waves and foul language infiltrating our homes, businesses, cars, etc. Perhaps if we apply a “Kicker” Tax to these rude and obnoxious individuals, that MIGHT help. Any other suggestions?
  • by GEORGE S Location: KUWAIT on May 30, 2007 at 12:37 PM
    I am currently serving our great country here in Kuwait. My father and brother live in the city of Geneva,i have spent many nights in that house being woken by loud music. There should be something done by the police. If a citizen trys to ask the people to turn down the music they,re called racist or laughed at. this can greatly anger anyone. If the cops can,t do more to stop it then something bad could happen. That alone should be a reason to crack down.
  • by cristy Location: geneva alabama on May 30, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    I live in geneva the noise is bad but it takes the copes up to two hours to come out and by then the people are gone.I belive there should be a curfew for the kids because most of the noise is from teenagers.
  • by Rabon Smith Location: Hartford on May 29, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    Try adding the fine and additional controls on vehicles who have illegal mufflers blaring going down the road. Oh!, I forgot you might stop one of the good ole boys. I moved here about three years ago and have never seen anyplace as bad as this for noisy mufflers. I can hear the boom boxes and noisy mufflers with my windows rolled up or in my home why can't the police officers. I would be interested to know how many noisy muffler citations have been issued in the last 6 months in Geneva Co. I'll bet zero/zilch!!
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