05/15/2014 09:06 EDT | Updated 07/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Noise complaints increasing as summer approaches

Summer is coming and police say the open windows and outdoor patios mean an increase in noise complaints in urban centres like Vancouver.

“With the warmer weather, we like to open up our windows and doors and let the fresh air in. Unfortunately, with that, we’re letting the noise out,” said Randy Fincham of the Vancouver Police Department.

It’s not just residences hosting late parties that are causing strife. Recently 55 Vancouver establishments were granted extended patio hours, allowing them to serve customers outside until midnight. 

“It’s something that we will monitor,” Fincham said. “We’re hoping that they set good precedents and that everyone can get along and have a good time.”

Fincham said that while police do take noise complaints seriously, they might not be a top priority when other incidents require their attention.

He said many noise issues can be resolved between residents one-on-one unless there is a chance of a serious confrontation.

Residents need to keep in mind that the night life in the city doesn’t always shut down for the benefit of those needing sleep.

 “Noise in Vancouver is a fact of life… It’s just important for us all to pay attention to the fact that we don’t want to disturb our neighbours because next week when they’re having the party you don’t want them to disturb you.”

Fincham said neighbours should consider keeping windows and doors closed when the hour gets late to stop these problems before they start.