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Ring doorbell hell!
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Biddums · 16/12/2020 16:25

Hi all,

My neighbors door is right next to mine with only a brick between them. They have just got a ring doorbell (2 days ago) and I hate it!

Not only is the noise bloody annoying but it's covering my door. There is no way they can set it up to not cover both doors, they are just too close.

I don't like the fact whoever comes to my door is now on their bell cam. I also feel uneasy about the fact my kids will be on there, because you know kids leave the house, my house!

I'm pissed off that anything I buy, like a new TV, they will see and be able to have a good nose. Because they can rewatch and bloody pause.

So I need Mumsneters help. How do I go about this? Do I talk to them? How do I word it? How do I tell them that the bell they paid for has got to go? Do I offer to pay for it?

What if they say no? Do I have a leg to stand on here?

Or do I just get a family member with face covered in the night to nick it and smash it? Yes ring do replace nicked bells but not unlimited. I could get it nicked time and again.

AIBU here? Should I just accept that this is the way now? People videoing your door and kids? Idk I just feel they were wrong to get it without asking if I minded.

Funny enough a family member asked me if I wanted one about a year ago and I said no because it would invade my neighbors door.

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Jazzybeats · 04/12/2021 07:57

Apologies for linking to a daily Fail article but there is precedent for the OP’s concerns.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10085561/amp/A-victory-privacy-Woman-100k-damages-neighbours-doorbell-cameras.html

We have a ring cam but it is set to only cover our drive. Similarly a camera in the garden that only covers our garden. However we do get on with our neighbours and have shared footage when there has been a crime for example.

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ClaudiaJ1 · 04/12/2021 07:59

@Jazzybeats

Apologies for linking to a daily Fail article but there is precedent for the OP’s concerns.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10085561/amp/A-victory-privacy-Woman-100k-damages-neighbours-doorbell-cameras.html

We have a ring cam but it is set to only cover our drive. Similarly a camera in the garden that only covers our garden. However we do get on with our neighbours and have shared footage when there has been a crime for example.

@Jazzybeats It's a ZOMBIE THREAD! And the OP resolved it a year ago.
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NewPapaGuinea · 04/12/2021 08:15

In the app you can set areas that trigger the ring. Anything outside that is ignored, so you could ask them to do that.

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NewPapaGuinea · 04/12/2021 08:16

Dah, just realised it’s a zombie!

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Benjispruce5 · 04/12/2021 08:29

Yanbu. My niece has one and I knock her door rather than press it became I feel incorrect being filmed waiting. They make an awful sound too. Can you put a bit of trellis beside it and grow something on it?

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Benjispruce5 · 04/12/2021 08:29

Oops zombie!

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IamnotSethRogan · 04/12/2021 08:42

I'd say to everyone say your neighbour is doing nothing wrong and there's nothing you can do that there's definitely some shakey legal ground.

My neighbours got one that pointed directly at our house. I was really annoyed about it at first but made the decision not to do anything in the end.

www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/14/amazon-asks-ring-owners-to-respect-privacy-after-court-rules-usage-broke-law

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londonrach · 04/12/2021 08:45

We've a similar problem with a ring doorbell next door which is a brick away from us. We hate it but we now decided to move so letting it go. Neighbour nice but it records us coming and going down the path. There was someone who took their neighbour to court in Oxfordshire I saw. Yanbu.

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LowlandLucky · 04/12/2021 09:22

There was a case that went to court a few weeks ago about this , the owners of the door bell were told to stop filming a neighbours door and i am sure they had to pay compensation.

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Evergreenblue · 04/12/2021 09:29

@LowlandLucky

There was a case that went to court a few weeks ago about this , the owners of the door bell were told to stop filming a neighbours door and i am sure they had to pay compensation.

This is not strictly true, this was click bait in the news. Reading the court documents the guy with the doorbell had 4 cameras in total, he lied to the judge numerous times in court and the judge ruled his word could not be believed. He also harassed his neighbours for a long period of time, share CCTV footage on a local social media group and installed a camera that did not even cover any of his property what so ever.
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Chickychickydodah · 04/12/2021 09:54

Buy a metal screen/ mirror put up against the doorbell or a thin fence ? .

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lovesunset · 04/12/2021 10:46

This is breach of your privacy. There was someone who won case recently in relation to neighbour ringbell in breach of their privacy.

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