14.3.12

trespassers


So, that ^ had to happen.  Let me tell you a little story about our property. When they were building our house, the Town workers came in and tore down a whole bunch of trees from the back of our lot so that they could access the hiking trails with their machinery to build some bridges.  Since doing that, people seem to think that our property is an access point for the trails. Our house is just like any other house in a sub division... two other houses on either side. It's still unfinished (no grass yet) but you don't normally just walk between two people's houses to get somewhere, do you? The Town has since come back and replaced the gaping hole with these little cedar trees, which completely do not blend in with the rest of the 100 foot high ones.  This was their attempt to stop people from using our property. Let's just say it hasn't worked.


Two days ago, I woke up and looked outside and noticed a woman and two kids trotting up through my yard as they exited the forest. I watched them walk across my driveway and out to the street. I was annoyed as I always am when I see someone do this (it happens too often).

About 15 minutes later, I was in the backyard with my dog, in my PJs. This same woman and her two kids come back, going the opposite way now into the forest.  As she crosses my driveway and enters my backyard my dog starts going nuts. "HI! :)" she says with a smile. Ok, what? Wait... HI?!  Do you realize that you are clearly trespassing on my property right now?  While I am right here even!  I was a little shocked and caught off guard and said "Hi" back, in a sort of confused tone. She continued on her way as her boys screamed and ran off into the forest.

I don't know about you, but this completely irritates me. The windows and doors on the back side of our house aren't covered because we back onto the forest. We purchased this lot for the privacy in particular.  What if I was walking around in my underwear, or even more awkward what if I was outside sunbathing on my lawn? What if I just wanted secluded privacy!? What if her kids got hurt on my lawn?? This makes me so mad. I immediately started constructing that sign you see up there and put it in place. I'd never been so proud of my sign skills and angry at the same time as I hammered it into the ground.

Am I being totally nuts about this or not? What would you do if people continued to travel through your own property whenever they pleased?  Until we can get a fence, here's to hoping that they get the hint....




yellow jeans and plaid jacket: f21, banded tank dress: ASOS, ugly muddy jogger boots: karmaloop


By Dana Fox Updated at: 2:28 PM

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35 comments:

  1. I would do this!!!!!!!
    I also would have had some words for this woman... BUT, I speak my mind, sometimes to a fault...oops :)
    My families house was on the river that runs through our town when I was younger. We would have people walk down the bank from a park not far away and use our dock to jump off, fish on...would leave garbage and be loud. HATED IT! Once we had people walk up through our backyard, knock on the BACK door, and ask where in town they were...stupid and RUDE.

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  2. I would be equally annoyed! Do what you gotta do! Cute outfit! I would also be speechless when she said hi too. When people are just SO clueless and rude, I just don't even have words. Hopefully your sign does the trick!

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  3. I dont understand how people can be so inconsiderate. A year and a half ago, we lived in a little sub division with a communal area, and the path to my front door also lead to the grassy area. I had a black, beautiful bmw x5. (had is the key word there... my dream was short lived! lol!) and this little boy would ride his bike right next to my car in my driveway to the path. The kids would race by my car, and I used to sit out there, and wait for one of them to touch my car so I could go tell their parents to teach their kids respect! LOL! (I was also pregnant and had raging hormones!) But still, its all about respect for a persons property!!!

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  4. @Fallon

    oh my gosh i know what you mean. the kids on our street have NO respect for other people's property. They run all over everybody's lawns and think it's OK! Seriously, why aren't parents teaching their kids this kind of respect?

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  5. I would have more to say to that woman...I applaud your incedible patience! Could you put up a little rope barrier, or a small fence? Perhaps only until people get the point. And then there's a point where you need to enforce the No Trespassing and call law enforcement when you see people doing it again

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  6. Those were suggestions...I re-read the last part and sounded kind of demanding...only suggestions :)

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  7. I know exactly how you feel. We have great climbing trees in our front yard and the neighborhood kids love to climb them but I'm worried about them getting hurt and don't wanna babysit them plus i just really don't want them in my yard so I'm constantly yelling at them to get the crap out of my tree. Oh and this same tree, it's a cherry tree. People love to stop and pick cherries and eat them, really people?? I can see you in my window. We are getting a fence this spring.. can't wait.

    Sorry for the novel, had to get that off my chest.

    Allyssa
    breakfastatthezemkes.blogspot.com

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  8. I think, people will see it and stay away from your property. Your sign is nice. love the dress.
    http://www.http://whateverdreams.blogspot.com/

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  9. No your so right about the sign and they were just rude. I can not believe she did not even say hey sorry were walking through your yard. How rude..

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  10. Check with the laws in your state. A path which has been used as a path for 7 years becomes public right of way. A fence is the solution, as are "No Trespassing" signs. Calling the local law authority is not out of line. It is YOUR property, and it is PRIVATE. You pay taxes on your property to have the privacy. It is your right. Unfortunately there are too many people out there who are clueless.
    A fence does two things. It keeps animals in, and keeps people out. Exert your right.
    I would have told that woman to exit your property the way she came in. That would be you right.

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  11. And that lady is exactly why kids don't respect people's property. If the parents don't respect it, why would the kids.

    Hope the sign works for you, and that you'll be able to get a fence up soon.

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  12. @Bead Cactus

    It's definitely not a right of way... The lot was a potato field before haha. it's a brand new development, and we checked the deed which specifically says there is "no right of way access" here. You are right, it is MINE! We do plan on getting a fence, we just can't until they finish grading/seeding that area... our neighbors house was built after ours and the lawn still isn't complete so we have to wait. :\

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  13. The yellow jeans are really cute. I always wanted to buy some but I am just not that confident went it comes to bright colours. Great combo though!

    http://stories-of-a-student.blogspot.com/

    Please follow me because I already follow you :) Lovely blog! X

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  14. You're better than me. I would have responded "You do realize this is private property you're trespassing on and I have the right to call the cops?

    I had neighbors who allowed their kids to play in our back yard. One day I went outside with and pad lock and locked the gate and made sure that the saw me do that, and I stared them in the face as I walked back in the house. They commented on how rude I was...people.

    Shani
    http://daydreamsanddestinies.blogspot.com

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  15. you should probably say something next time. that lady needs to know that its just NOT okay!

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  16. ugh, that can definitely be very annoying for sure. crossing my fingers that your sign works. it's adorable
    xo TJ

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  17. I hope your sign works, though I feel like people generally don't read things like signs (I hope that I am wrong!) I'd say more next time and tell them if they do it again you're calling the authorities.

    Good luck!

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  18. Those yellow jeans are the most amazing things I have ever seen...I need a pair! Hope the sign does its job. I wouldn't be able to take people just freely walking through my property either.

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  19. You are absolutely right to be pissed. We had the EXACT same problem until we put a fence around our property. People have no respect for personal space...

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  20. Wow Dana! You've got mad sign making skills! Literally. I don't blame you one bit...we had to do this at our last home! We had a running trail around the lake behind our house and I guess our lawn was the most welcoming to trod across to get to it! Our sign wasn't nearly as pretty though :)

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  21. Dana, your sign is beautifully made. With that being said, I'm afraid it's simply too classy to call the attention of trespassers.

    I think you need something that appeals to their strutting-jay ways. I'm thinking something...sparkly and obnoxious. Rhinestones, perhaps? Something that catches the sunlight? ;)

    Best of luck.

    P.S. You can always buy a supersoaker. Garden hose works, too.

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  22. God no, you're not being stupid at all. I'd be exactly the same way - but that might be because I am a bit of an aggressive person anyway. My house backs onto a big public field (which looks great in the autumn ♥) and we do have a fence, but I still get annoyed when people come too close. But on occasion, we've had people just open our back gate and walk into our back garden to retrieve a ball. Once they even climbed over the wall.

    You're not being stupid, you raised some good points, but at the same time, if people have been using that way to get into the forest for a long while (I don't know how long it's been standing) then a simple sign probably won't do it.

    It might sound silly but in geography, we were taught that if a sign explains why you shouldn't go somewhere or do something, people are more likely to heed it than if it just says not to do something. Odd topic for a geography lesson but my teacher was like that. I think we heard just as many stories about his holidays as we did lessons!
    But that might be an awful lot to put onto a sign.


    Tha's a wonderful looking sign, by the way! ♥

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  23. The sign looks fab for one, and two I would totally feel the same way as you. It's your property that you have worked to pay for and they are being ride walking all over it x

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  24. Thank you so much for your kind words on my post!
    I'm happy to have found your blog!!
    I'm so sorry to hear that you have inconsiderate people roaming on your property. I don't think you sound out of line @ all. They are the ones out of line.
    I hope it stops!!

    Wishing you a beautiful morning!
    Xoxo
    Maria

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  25. Oh my! Sign twins! We had to put one up just yesterday. Our house runs along a nature reserve (we are the last in our street). Because we adore our location, we have grown a beautiful garden that flows to the borderline of the reserve. Over the past 2 years, I have been getting more and more angry at people (adults) walking through our yard, picking our flowers (!!), and worst of all, playing with their dogs in our yard! It sends my poor dog nuts - it's his yard!
    The straw that broke our back happened last week - I was reading a book outside on one of our garden chairs when the house phone rang. I ran inside to get it, and came back outside chatting on it, to find a lady sitting on the chair and looking at the blurb on my book! WTF! I had a bit of a shitfit (politely), and then the hubby and I started the sign the next day. We also started some of the garden renovations we had been putting off - digging in a low hedge along that borderline. People can real jerks!
    You were a picture of patience! I love your sign! Well done Dana! I hope they get the picture!
    Luvluv,
    Sway xx

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  26. We live backing a trail too--although we're in apartments. But all up and down this trail people who live in houses that back it have had to put up fences and signs. There's one family that had a bench in their backyard and now it has a sign on it saying it's not for public use! I can't believe how disrespectful other people are!
    Can you even just put stakes in the ground with string between them? Like they do when when people don't want parking on their yard or something? Might help deter people if they actively have to step over something...

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  27. I'm actually having the same problem right now. Our new house does not have a fence around the back yard so neighborhood kids {and dogs} stroll through between the houses anytime of day or night. My husband even caught our next door neighbor (who has a fence around his yard) letting his dog poop in our yard a few weeks ago. It annoys me to no end that people think they are some sort of entitled to do whatever they want without consideration for property owners. Your sign is a great idea. I might try it.

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  28. By the way, I LOVE Katfish's idea -- a supersoaker hose to turn on when you see someone walking through your yard. LOL! Too funny.

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  29. I'm with you! Not only do you deserve your privacy, but what about your safety? There's too many creeps out in the world nowadays.
    I live in Tx, and law says you are entitled to shoot anyone who trespasses your property {after the sun goes down} Not that I am encouraging people do this, but I really would be concerned about creepy people.

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  30. Good call on putting up the sign, and I hope they heed it.

    I live near the city limits, and one of my former neighbours had an issue like this with their property. There was no fence and people would cut across their grounds, even once at night, which got really scary. Despite this, they never put up a fence. Later on they moved, and a family with young children moved in. The new residents quickly put up a fence for safety reasons when they realised the situation.

    It is a safety and privacy issue. All the best and hope it works out for you.

    P.S. A new reader here. I stumbled across your blog. It's very pretty, and I like your writing style.

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  31. I know exactly how you feel.
    I live in the UK with a small terraced house (houses joined on either side). In our back garden there is a section that the next door neighbour uses like it's thier back gate. It goes right past our front glass doors.
    Thier teenage son uses this section all the time and brings 20 or so lads with him. They all ride bikes up and down there and sometimes motorbikes. They throw their rubbish into our garden but what makes it worse is we have a 3 year old who runs in and out into his own garden. At any point they could run him down with their bikes.
    We are now putting up a gate. With a HUGE padlock :D

    I hope your (very beautiful) sign stops it from happening for you.

    kydelmakes.wordpress.com

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  33. Those aren't ugly muddy jogger boots! They are pretty, pretty muddy jogger boots. Ha ha! Great outfit and photos :)

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  34. Oh my geez, that would make me so mad! I don't think you're nuts at ALL.

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  35. I completely understand! My mom's house (and the house I grew up in) is two doors down from a church. Whenever my neighbor has family or friends over, the people continuously enter my/my mom's yard. Often, when the street is full of cars on Sunday, we have individuals who cut through our yard to walk to the church. It makes. no. sense. It irritates us as well, and I don't blame you for putting up a sign!

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