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How to record, for the court, noise nuisance by the Neighbour from Hell...

randulo

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Pardon me for playing devil's advocate, I sympathize, but the opposing argument for an 8-hour recording is how easy that would be to fake. The recording itself may convince a human that, "Wow that would be awful to live through daily". The eight hours part, it's not obvious but I'm pretty sure if you pay attention to the compression (mp3 low quality) you won't have trouble. Anything that records will do that.
 
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In court faking anything is liable to put you in jail. In reality the judge would perhaps ask for a few snippets of any recording, as with the council's 4 minute recordings each time the button is pressed on their equipment. But what if he wanted to check the length of recording and play it at any given point? That's what I'd like to be able to have up my sleeve.
 

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I believe this is exactly it. It would of course be possible to edit together 8 hours, and it could be challenged and proven to be edited if it was. But it would be incredibly expensive and unrealistic in any hearing such as this. Would the defendant pay thousands on audio forensic specialist when for one thing they know they would find it is an authentic 8 hours, and for another there isn’t that amount of money at stake

so imo it’s a good idea to have the 8 hours - the judge and Defense council would believe you I think
 

randulo

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In court faking anything is liable to put you in jail. In reality the judge would perhaps ask for a few snippets of any recording, as with the council's 4 minute recordings each time the button is pressed on their equipment. But what if he wanted to check the length of recording and play it at any given point? That's what I'd like to be able to have up my sleeve.
I get it, I was just warning. It would be trivial to fake 8 hours, but I doubt they'd care. Your scenario sounds good, though, show them the file they can sample it anywhere. I assume there must be breaks in the sound, too, so thje waveform would show the length. Go for it!
 

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I just had another thought audionote might be a very good app for this I think it should record 8 hours and it’s a kind of meeting/dictation software and has a text editor that makes the timestamp as you go along.

Hard to explain but if you get hold of the app and try it out you’ll see what I mean
 
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The maximum fine is £5,000 and then £500/day is he breaches the order. No damages awarded, that would be a civil claim but that's long-winded and expensive whereas this is a quick fix for nuisances (supposedly).

I'll have a look at Audionote too, thanks Pete.
 

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I never figured there’d be so many experienced posts about how to narc out your neighbour. :cool:Lol
 

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I second @randulo's suggestion of a handheld recording device

I have a Tascam. Runs off AA batteries, will do at least eight hours on MP3 setting. Fits camera tripod. Adjust recording level to pick up quieter sound. Transfer file to pc for editing

What's not to like
 
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Ops, sorry I have completely misunderstood your topic.
If you need to do a recording to make an evidence of what happens in 6 or 8 hours the easiest thing is taking a hand recorder , like a zoom h2 ,h4 set it to mp3, with a big storage sd card.
You need to use an mp3 format. A good resolution wav file 6 hours long would be enormous!
 

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I have gone for the very scientific route here. During the war, my Nan and family, used to sit around the dining table at night listening to a thing called a “Chrystal set” it was a radio with extremely poor speakers. Often the speaker was no more than an ear bud. So that they could all hear it, the bud was placed in a mixing bowl to amplify the sound. Now here’s my extremely scientific bit! I recorded the level of my own whistle on my phone using an app called Decibel X. Firstly with the phone propped upright at a distance of around a metre. It read 72.3 db. I then placed a mixing bowl on its side facing the noise with my phone in a similar manor and tried again, it registered 88.7. It may be worth the trouble in setting up such expensive and high tech equipment in your own garden.
i wish you luck, I have three big dogs that live behind me that drive me nuts!
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A word of caution if using an audio recording....... They may claim breach of privacy and confidentiality if there is no note or sign to say recording may be taken on your property!
What I would think is a safer option is spl readings taken automatically over a set Interval period a few days in the week!


And here's my reasoning, On a given day my house an be fairly lively, and sometimes rowdy! By having a program set to record spl levels at set intervals it's time stamped, date recorded etc


Multiple days of recording proves its not a 1 off scenario, gives more creedanceto your complaint and makes defense very difficult!

Now fora word of warning, these cases are notoriously difficult to win due to laws and privacy issues also there's a general rule of thumb 08.00 to 23.00 is fair game

It's antisocial behaviour is going to be what wins it for you really!
 
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