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Tresspassers and vandals on property
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Lynn Busby    Posted 01-11-2002 at 08:58:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As an absentee landowner, I'm having the hardest time keeping tresspassers off my place. The last time I was at my place I noticed that someone had ripped down about 20 of my no trespassing signs and preceded to rip them apart. How can I catch them in the act? Would those auto cameras that deer hunters use work? I spent about an hour putting up those signs plus the cost of them and it burns me up to see them littered over the woods. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Lynn

they'll just steal the camera...    Posted 01-11-2002 at 22:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
if your not there and they are tearing your signs down what makes ya think they wont steal yur camera???? besides I dont thing that will work any way,,, make friends and youll be ok...

justa thought    Posted 01-11-2002 at 22:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
well how are the neighbors???where are your signs ?? do they stick out like a sore thumb and have the native neighbors angry that another city guy is moving in and gonna change my living arrangemants? some times neighbors that used to hunt or use the land prior to you buying it can get upset that now they are thrown off the property, yes I know,,, you pay the taxes now and it is your land and your right to post it, but still some rednecks still take it personal when they are told or made to do things different than they are used to. I know I went through it, butI also never posted the property , I just talked to some of the neighbors and feltthem out, explained the fact that I lived here now and I was going to use the land for my intentions and that we could work something out, I still let them hunt here and we all get along, I get to use there land for hunting if I want but I seldom do because I have my :good " spots and my areas to do things, they also know when I am around to back off the use , layed down some ground rules about where and howe the property can be used .ie... stay on the roadways when riding, stay off the hay meadows, and treat my land as you would your own,, but some "landowners " cant get past the fact that now I "own" a piece of property... after all whos land is it any way ?? ours??? know it is Gods land we are just watching it. I say make friends with some neighbors let some of them use it and not feel "thrown out" and I think you will have no more problems, and In the long run since you are an absentee owner at this time ,,, the few people you let "use" your property will also look after the property for vandals that do not belong there,,,, I have a feeling that if you are like alot of places I see that get bought up by city folk and the first thing that is done is posted signs thrown up every 5 feet,, this is where you are getting your hostility,, but then again maybe ya just got some one mad,,I found that a good neighbor is needed out in the country, ya never know when your gonna need a helping hand, and if you call the cops and get reports written up your never going to get any help when ya really need it,,, wow sorry for so long a post but......

mike    Posted 01-11-2002 at 18:34:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use the metal signs,but before I install them
I take them to my farm shop and grind a razor
sharp edge all around.

Spence    Posted 01-11-2002 at 12:18:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
They use them for target practice around here for 22's. So you don't lag bolt, and I mean lag bolt, them to a tree that is going for planks later.

The plastic and cardboard ones they tear down. Use tin if you can. A bullet holed NO TRESPASSING is better than none at all. Like the previous post says, cultivating a good relationship with the neighbors is the best bet.

There is a limit to it of course. Maybe they've been using your property for a long time before you bought it. If you just bought it, it may take a couple of years to get it across that you don't want anyone on it. Signs like that are all over. With my land everyone knows it's mine now and all that's left is to hope the kids next door will stop using it for a snowmobile path one day. I never put up a sign either. Meanwhile it's costing me 10$ a year for insurance. You just have to grin and bear it for now and place insurance on it. Eventually, and the more visible you become, they will stop.

It's best not to be too nasty either. On them cold nights everyone's looking for firewood. Take it slow and everything will settle out.

Walt    Posted 01-11-2002 at 09:56:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you need a good neighbor who is there all of the time. I'd talk to them all about it, word travels fast in a small community, tell them you had the police out there several times and filed a report, word will spread.

Ralph Johnson    Posted 03-13-2002 at 15:30:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might ask around the police department for the names of officers that are into hunting. Sort of a you take care of me and I'll take care of you approach. You get the right cop on your side and things will change. Pay no attention to most of those answers. Most of them are tresspassers.

Dwayne W PA    Posted 01-11-2002 at 09:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
had that happen on our property before,right where the quads & such were coming through our woods,put brush across opening & our line was always posted,about 5-6 of the posters were always being ripped down in that vicinity,put them back up & they were ripped up on the ground again,pi$$ed me off, till one day I was up there hunting & watched 2 grey squirrels carefully chewing & ripping them off the trees,put the plastic coated ones up there& they stayed up alot longer...probably not your case,but made me think of it..have a good day.

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