The All-Inclusive Legal Guide to Eliminating Pesky Trespassers

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on December 17, 2013

Bottom line, without a shadow of a doubt – your home is your sanctuary, your one place where no one can enter without your permission, unless the person wanting to enter has a warrant and a reason to enter. You also have the right to defend your home, protect your property and safeguard yourself and family by however means necessary.

You also have a right to keep trespassers away! Not everyone, though, knows specifically how to do that. Here’s how:

Bear in mind, though, that these legal prospects for warding off trespassers may not actually prevent such individuals trespassfrom walking into your property either unknowingly or knowingly. No matter what, you, nor anyone else, can control what everybody else does, deciding for them what to do about setting foot on someone else’s land! What you can do, though, is take the necessary legal precautions to ensure you’re compensated for such offense. You can….

♦       Put up signs – This is almost a given, as legally, a sign that says “NO TRESPASSING” really automatically gives you the power to approach the court and make an allegation. Put that sign up.

♦       Set up fences along your yard – This can be even simpler when you think about it, and as long as real estate law in your area conforms to the idea of a privacy fence – both front and back – go for it. Just don’t expect some crazies to shy away from climbing over it.

♦       But don’t start putting up traps – While you might have those crazies jumping over the fences, you definitely should not put up booby traps, snake pits or chasms all along your yard. As tempting as it may sound, legally, you could be held liable for injury and death to trespassers even though they themselves are committing an offense as well. The law is supposed to be fair.

♦       But do set up cameras – You can, however, install your own surveillance security system under legal parameters. However, be sure to only use the cameras on video and not audio. There are legalities on both the state and federal levels, prohibiting the use of audio recording, even in your own home.

♦       Be sure to call the police – That doesn’t have to be explained. Automatically, though, this gets the system working with you. Never try to handle the issue on your own, except with regard to these prior tips.

Keep these tactics in mind, and you stand a much better chance of getting real estate law and criminal law all on your side. Of course, be sure to consult with a good attorney about issues you may have. Just remember: trespassers can be like pests. You just need to find the right exterminator. And sometimes all it takes is a man in uniform.

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