"Noise ordinance stops" leads to bigger crimes

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The recent noise ordinance is helping police catch criminals in the act.

"It's not uncommon as officers enforce the noise ordinance across the city - whether investigating calls for service, or citizens call in, or investigating calls from other people, or just coming across loud music incidents themselves, for them to come across other incidents of criminal activity," said Lieutenant Capriglione with the Richmond Police Department.

The noise ordinance went into effect this past February making it illegal during certain hours for you to play music at a volume that can be heard more than 50 feet away. Recently, violators have found themselves in bigger trouble.

"There was an incident where an officer pulls a car over," said Capriglione. "In the vehicle it was some open containers of alcohol. He searched the car and found some illegal drugs as well."

And the noise ordinance isn't just limited to cars. Police credit resident noise complaints to helping them discover other crimes in many neighborhoods as well.

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