How to Stop Trespassing

Written by jeremiah blanchard
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Human beings roamed the land quite freely in our early history; however, these nomadic ways were left behind over the past few thousand years as people settled in specific areas throughout the planet. With settlement came land ownership and, correspondingly, the need to protect private land from trespassers. Methods for stopping trespassing have become more technical over the years, but the earliest techniques for securing property are still used to this day. With a few basic instructions, you can effectively stop others from trespassing on your property.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Signs that display "No Trespassing" or "Private Property"
  • Large, well-trained dog
  • Barbed wire
  • Electronic security system

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    How to Stop Trespassing

  1. 1

    Observe the areas of your property that are frequently being trespassed upon. Fortify these areas more heavily than others; however, fortifying the entire perimeter with a sturdy fence or wall is the best solution.

  2. 2

    Place "private property" or "no trespassing" signs along the perimeter of your unfenced property every few hundred feet if you have a large lot to secure. For a smaller property, hang these signs at strategic points along the fenced area and on the gate of the fence.

  3. 3

    Obtain a large canine such as a German shepherd or bull mastiff that has been trained to keep trespassers out. Large dogs are usually a great deterrent to any would-be trespasser.

  4. 4

    Install barbed, razor or concertina wire around the perimeter of your property. This is a dangerous and potentially fatal mechanism to trespass against, and most trespassers will not dare to try.

  5. 5

    Set up an electronic security system with outdoor cameras and alarms. Trespassers may notice these and decide to leave your property alone.

Tips and warnings

  • Report any suspicious trespassing to your local authorities immediately.
  • Wear protective gloves and other clothing when installing perimeter wire yourself.

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