Revellers who keep their neighbours awake with late night music over the New Year period are being warned they could have their stereos confiscated.
Police have the power to take away sound systems such as Hi-Fis, TVs or even computers if the householder fails to heed warnings about noise levels. Those responsible could also be charged with breach of the peace.
The warning has come after several noisy parties were held by people in the isles over Christmas.
A police spokesman said most people respond well to advice given by attending officers, however a small minority have failed to reduce the volume.
“Police would appeal to the public to be considerate of their neighbours and, should they be paid a visit by officers, that they heed any warnings given in the first instance to prevent any further legal action, ” he said.
Calls about noisy parties are referred to the council’s housing department, and could potentially affect the householder’s occupancy rights to stay in a council property.