How to deal with noisy neighbours
Boom boom boom boom, and no it’s not the John Lee Hooker masterpiece, it’s the irritating noise nuisance neighbours sounds that vibrate through the walls, those carrying bass sounds. Noise pollution is one of those laws, or regulations that seem to have large parameters depending upon when and what type of nuisance takes place, variance from different city’s and counties.
I do enjoy my peaceful times with only thoughts and the PC cooling fan to contend with! My noise pollution appears live on stage with as much energy as I can fit into each song, maybe that’s why many musicians like the quiet life, putting so much effort into inspiring performances needs to be complimented with a nice peaceful environment?
Do or have you suffered with noisy neighbours?
The law states;
- Shouting and arguing.
- Vehicle work.
- Dogs barking.
- Bass sounds.
And other issues, let commonsense prevail here.
Any of those noise pollution issues can be tackled, but the agencies do recommend we should try solving it ourselves. Solving it oneself can give lots of people another problem as they might not like confrontation, no one in a sane mind should enjoy confrontation – so does that leave our politicians insane!
So do you go round when a party is in full swing, I guess not, do you go round when they have a hangover, definitely not, do you wait for them setting off to work – if they do – or upon the return from work do you pounce on them as soon as they appear.
I think it is a really tough decision, for those of us who enjoy writing, well I would prefer putting a letter in the post and keeping it polite just mention that on numerous occasions you have tried to talk with them but just keep missing them?
Usually a law states noise pollution as between the hours of 23:00 and 7:00 but obviously if the sounds continue throughout a day it would be a huge problem. I can never understand why folks get home and then put that music on so loud and irritating.
Something what can be done, talk with other neighbours and see what they can advise or even they might join you in confronting the nuisances? Don’t get some loud music equipment and take them on! At the end of the day they just might not realise just how annoying they have been?
If you do have problems;
- Staying calm go round and see them.
- First signs of conflict show your palms about shoulder height and leave.
- Make a note of what happened as soon as you get back, you could in fact record it on your mobile voice recorder but keep the phone in a top pocket.
- Call your appropriate environment agency.
- As a last resort you can call the police at any time but this really will add to the strain that would be arising.
Unfortunately and in so many cases that can be read and watched – certainly in the UK. Neighbours do take it into there own hands, mainly due to the lack of help from the various agencies, maybe lack of help is the wrong terminology but unable to help through lack of being able to gather the evidence, as it can sometimes just never be known when the nuisance start, and its stopped by the time enforcement folks arrive.
Setting up your own video, camera and sound recording equipment could get you the evidence required but at what cost to purchase this equipment? People should never be forced out of their home due to unruly nuisance neighbours but sadly it happens, you really can’t choose your neighbours. I just can’t understand why folks do have permanent noise coming from their homes, is that how they were brought up? Is it a vicious cycle that they just don’t or can’t understand?
The technology of camcorders and batteries now means you can get a very long recording time; this could well be helpful if you need to gather your evidence over a longer period of time without being able to change the battery. Some of these appliances are very small and would be suitable.
Take a photo
A camera is ideal if you need to carry it around with you, you might have your camcorder set up at home. An ideal small pocket camera would suffice, thing is, mobile phones have all these functions and don’t happen to make anything as obvious as a camcorder or camera.
Above everything, do not take the law into your own hands; this will cause no end of problems that could actually give your neighbour reason to get enforcement agencies to act against you. Do proceed with the given advice, be calm as possible and structured, it really should work for you.