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Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Repeeled » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:55 pm

Hi,

This is a weird one;

We have a new neighbour and, after many months we began to suspect that he might be putting a glass to our party wall and listening to us.

A few weeks back, putting out the bins and I picked up a scrap of paper and it was a receipt for something called 'HY-929'.

Curious, we google the reference and it turns out to be a contact microphone, spy gadget thing that can hear through walls.

Pretty sure that it works because we;ve deliberately said some things and shortly had them repeated back to us.

The question is, can this kind of gizmo be detected when in place / in use and if so, what do I need to detect it?
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby zenguitar » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:08 am

If you have concerns about your neighbours it really isn’t worth the effort. There’s no technological solution to your question. Move house and get better neighbours, it really is that simple.

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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Repeeled » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:08 am

Thanks for the response, but moving isn't an option.

We were hoping to be able to detect the gizmo and prove the issue to someone who could intercede (we no longer talk to this neighbour) and get it sorted without involving anyone official.

I am surprised though, I thought it might be possible to detect when a contact mike is 'live' and placed against a party wall?
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:19 am

No, of course it's not possible to detect when there's a microphone placed on a wall or even in the vicinity. You been watching too much CSI! :lol:

However, I imagine if someone was listening to a contact mic placed against a party wall, they'd find it very unpleasant if you happened to be moving furniture and accidentally kept knocking things against the wall... :lol:

I have to say, I find this kind of thing incredibly sad. We get a depressing number of enquiries related to sound-related neighbour disputes. Whatever happened to face-to-face communication, tolerance, understanding, compromise and respect? :(
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Repeeled » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:39 am

Thank you for a definitive reply and, you're right, it's all very depressing and I wish I hadn't researched the subject because it gets worse.

Apparently, it's perfectly legal to not only listen but to record as well and some councils advocate it as a way of getting noise nuiscance evidence. Barmy.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:51 am

Repeeled wrote:Apparently, it's perfectly legal to not only listen but to record as well and some councils advocate it as a way of getting noise nuiscance evidence. Barmy.

You can certainly record sound received within your own property as evidence for noise-nuisance issues. Dogs barking... continual loud arguments or music... domestic violence, etc.

However, what you can't do is make and use recordings of normal private conversations within someone else's home for the specific purposes of harassment or intimidation.

You also can't go through someone else's bins... :wtf: I suspect there's a lot more to this than you're letting on... and I'm sure no one here really want's to know or get involved!

But it often doesn't require any technology to overhear a neighbour's conversation. I can hear our neighbours conversations sometimes... if the windows are open and one of them is in the kitchen and the other in the lounge so they're talking with raised voices... or when they're on the phone which also seems to result in a naturally slightly raised voice...

I lived in a modern mid-terrace house once where not only could I hear the neighbours raised conversations through the walls quite easily, I could also regularly hear the climactic love-making of the couples living either side of me... :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :crazy: :lolno:

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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Alba » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:18 pm

Wonder what the 'estate agent speak' is for a valuable feature like that.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Repeeled » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:00 pm

Well, it's good to know that cynicism is alive and well and that a simple and polite request for 'expert' advice can bring such unwarranted suspicion and inference.

I shan't trouble you again.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby jaminem » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:16 pm

I cannot imagine how someone has so poor a quality of life that eavesdropping on their neighbours somehow enhances it...

I mean considering the sort of things couples talk about especially if they've been together a while can't be THAT interesting can it? Climactic loveplay or not...
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby resistorman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:15 pm

We put noise through transducers in the walls at a military base.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby resistorman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:55 pm

A bit on the thin skinned side. I thought it was a very polite and helpful conversation. All in all.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:09 pm

But TBF, I'd guess that knowing you are being spied on would make you a little sensitive.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:21 pm

Sorry about that, Hugh.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:58 am

:?: why the apology Shuffs?
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:14 am

I didn't realise we were neighbours.




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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:39 am

:bouncy:
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:57 am

:clap: :bouncy: Ah yes... Right.... the man with the very agreeable wife who says yes to everything and gets very excited doing so! :lol:
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:05 pm

Ah, no - we're the arguing ones.

Sex is such a nasty business and best left to drummers.
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:58 pm

any drum teachers out there? . . . .. :eh:
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Re: Detecting A Contact Microphone?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:01 pm

:lol:
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