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Is it legal to record footage of a neighbour with a Ring doorbell if they have been aggressive in the past?
Looking for some legal advice regarding Ring doorbell and floodlight cameras please. I have a Ring doorbell and floodlight cameras at the front of my mid terraced house and a floodlight at the back (which has a right of way). I have a 75 year old neighbour who has harassed me for a number of years (has mainly just been notes through my door moaning about one thing or another) with things getting far more aggressive over the last year and a half. Twice he has put his fist in my then 14 year old (and subsequently when she was 16) daughter's face which I found out from the police was an offence. I have a number of Ring recordings of him banging on my door, shouting at us and just general harassment. The police told me this was also an offence which he could have been arrested for but I didn't want to get him in trouble (it's mostly alcohol induced) because he was arrested for punching a neighbour about 7 years ago and I'm just trying to stop him being arrested again. Anyway, since this court case of the Dr taking her neighbour to court for recording of his Ring doorbell, my neighbour has threatened court. Obviously I'd like to avoid this. My cameras were originally installed due to my car being broken into on my drive (I own the whole drive but my neighbours have right of way) but has now captured these occasions where my neigbour has been aggressive and where I can show this to the police if necessary. I just wondered what a judge might say in these circumstances. I know there are issues over capturing people but wondered if it's different in my case? Thanks for any help

Sandra Botta

13th March 2022

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NQ - I believe as long as there is a sign stating you are recording it is not illegal. Amazon sell stickers.

Emma Akridge

13th March 2022

NQ, I'm pretty sure ring door bell footage is classed as security footage so pop a sign in your window stating security cameras in operation and there won't be an issue

Carmelita Seacat

13th March 2022

Carmelita Seacat I think Ring themselves have warned customers following the case. If it was just for general security I wouldn't mind but he was harassing us every day. I had to get the police involved. He likes to make a big issue of everything and since the court case, he's sent messages and notes saying "see you in court"

Sandra Botta

13th March 2022

Nq make sure u have cctv in operation sign up and then u should be able to use the evidence if it ever went to court

William Anderson

13th March 2022

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Nq. We have indoor and outdoor CCTV. We were told to use in court you need a warning sign we have stickers on every window saying protected by arventi. A big sign on door saying CCTV in operation 😊

David Coffman

13th March 2022

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NQ - from what I understand from a circular that we had at work the video and audio recording should not go beyond the boundaries of your property. This was the issue in the court case

Daniel Esperon

13th March 2022

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NQ ensure your cameras are only recording what happens on *your* property. So, footage of neighbour at your front door is fine. If you were recording what your neighbours were doing while they were on their property - and listening to their conversations - that would be a potential problem for you (as per recent court case)

Matthew Freeman

13th March 2022

Nq the ring doorbell has an option to set where you want to record so you could maybe set it to only record on your boundary

Faith Joshua

13th March 2022

Nq- I put security cameras up on my flat when I had my van broken into, i did look it up at the time I know there are issues regarding what you’re camera is recording so cannot be looking at other people’s homes directly. Also flood lights can be classed as light pollution, my mum had an issue with a neighbour who’s light would come on and was directed at her windows.

Mike Wells

13th March 2022

Nq- the dr case stated that person had 3 other ring cameras around his house as well but they did not state where and what area they covered. Can you not contact the police to come out and see what are you ring cover so they can say if it’s ‘legal’ ?

Lois Clyde

13th March 2022

NQ If the man has a drink problem and/or elderly, it might be better to call the police and let them arrest him. They could refer him to the mental health team.

Thomas Parnell

13th March 2022

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Craig Worswick yeh I knew they should only cover owners property and to be honest it only shows a tiny portion of his property, he's being petty because he can..He forgets if he walks across my drive which is quite big and he's entitled to do as a right of way, it would be recording him and as it's my property, there's nothing he could do about it

Sandra Botta

13th March 2022

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