Neighbor Uses Decibel Reader to Report Noise Violation

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

responded to a call about a noise complaint in regards to a neighbor’s party at about 11 a.m. June 3 in the 2400 block of Rutledge.

The man told police his next-door neighbor was having a party and a fan for an inflatable slide was too loud.

The man said the city ordinance states the decibel reading cannot be more than 60dB, and informed police he had a decibel reader that showed the noise from the fan was reading 67dB.

Police said the fan for the slide was near the property line between the two homes and on the front lawn.

The responding officer read the ordinance, which stated the decibel level cannot exceed 60dB when measured from at least 25 feet away.

The officer informed the man who complained of the ordinance and a new reading was taken from 24 feet away, which showed a reading of 59 to 60dB.

The neighbor was not found to be violating the noise ordinance by police.

michelle June 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Yeah, I could see a major issue if it was ALL the time or late at night. It was 11am on a weekend. People don't have parties anymore or get together with their neighbors. Its seems neighborhoods are TOO quite now. Kids don't play outside as much as they used to. People are not as friendly as they used to be. I might be crabby if it was late at night but during the day I'm not going to complain (unless the noise was something offensive). BTW, I have GREAT neighbors! I appologize if I think my son and his friends are making too much noise and they laugh at me.
BoBo Detroit June 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Time for the complainer to go on vacation
monalee July 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
This didn't violate the noise ordinance, but we must admit, it came close. And if the neighbor was trying to sleep, working a late shift or something, he should be given a little credit. Just because he complained doesn't make him a Mr. Crabby. People seem to forget that it's not just about me. Letting your neighbor know before you set up a big jumping thing that blows out air all afternoon might have been a very polite and nice thing to do. I hope I don't make my neighbors angry with me, but if I do, I would like to know about it so I can make it right. I don't want to go to war with them over a problem that could be easily fixed. That is called humility and also being a good neighbor.


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