Bill passes allowing police to enter homes over noise

July 8, 2013 22:08

The Knesset passed in its final reading Monday evening a bill that will allow police to enter private residences if they violate noise regulations.

The bill allows police to enter a residence without a warrant in order to stop the noise violation.

Last week, the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee approved in its second and third reading a watered-down version of the bill, which unlike the original draft doesn’t enable police to carry out a search of the establishment when responding to the noise complaint.

Under the law, police will only be able to enter the private establishment if they believe the noise violation is causing significant harm to the public well-being and only after identifying themselves as police, including their names. If those present refuse the police request, the law allows police to “take the necessary steps” needed to stop the noise violation.

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