When you have land, you take pride in all the work you put into it, but when a random stranger trespasses on your land with unknown intentions, it can be frightening.
Knowing how to protect your land and your family may be vital information to learn in the unlikely event that you encounter a trespasser, and luckily, the realtors at Santa Cruz Properties know a few tips on how you can keep everyone you love safe.
Let’s start with the basics.
Identify What Trespassing Means
Trespassing occurs when someone enters someone else’s property without expressed or implied consent. Expressed consent means that the landowner gave written or verbal permission for the individual to enter the premises. Implied consent gives permission to certain individuals dependent on certain circumstances without direct permission from the landowner. To illustrate that, think of an emergency medical technician rushing into the residence of an injured family member, and the landowner wasn’t there to give permission to enter.
Trespassing typically violates either criminal, civil, or both trespassing laws. Where criminal trespass is enforced by the local police department or sheriff’s office, civil trespass, on the other hand, enforces the law through landowner litigation in an attempt to collect compensation for damages done to the property.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Don’t be a stranger in your own neighborhood. If you’ve just moved into your new owner-financed lot, meet your neighbors once you’ve settled in. Getting to know them provides so many other benefits than not, and makes watching your property that much easier. Two sets of eyes are always better than one.
Exchange contact information for emergency purposes with them, and let them know where your property boundaries end. Then, ask them where theirs ends and respect it.
Place Cautionary Signs on Your Property
Different states have different rules when it comes to placing cautionary signs on your property, but in Texas, a “No Trespassing” sign must be clearly visible to an intruder either on the property or on the entrance of the building.
Fence Up Your Property
Fences are the most forthcoming way to show where your property boundaries lie while sending out a message to intruders that they shouldn’t trespass. Before you purchase plenty of lumber, however, make sure that your idea of a fence adheres to local fence ordinances within your town, city, and county.
It would also be rather neighborly of you to consult your vision with your neighbors to make sure that no property lines are being crossed.
Install Proper Security Equipment
Installing security equipment like security lights, motion-sensored lights, and security cameras may seem like you’re preparing for a diamond heist, but the truth of the matter is, it keeps intruders away, whether they are planning to vandalize, commit theft, or commit other related crimes.
Trespassers stay away from well lit areas, especially under the cover of night. A well lit area could be under surveillance from a security camera, and setting one up can be quite complex if you don’t know Texas surveillance law.
While you may be able to record video with a security camera, recording audio with video depends on the state. In Texas, however, audio recording only needs one party to consent to recording, and if you are the owner of your security camera, you are essentially consenting to the recording.