Boundary Issues or Tresspass?
Original post made by Leslie on Sep 7, 2006
While my husband I were first put off and a bit disturbed by this, we were truly amazed when she proceeded to open the gate and go into the backyard of our neighbor! She did not see us and was clearly aware that she was out of bounds (she was looking around to see who saw her). Our neighbor is not currently living in the house so when we drove off we called the police and reported the incident.
I don't actually think this woman was going to rob our neighbors house. This was probably someone who just was curious. However, with the recent crimes in south PA, we decided to err on the side of caution.
Has anyone else had any problems like this? Is this person a repeat offender? She was probably mid to late 40s with light brown hair, she was thin and wore exercise clothing. I do not think that there was a child in the bike trailer because she left it on the side of the street (Loma Verde).
on Sep 8, 2006 at 10:32 am
We went through a construction process about 1.5yrs ago - where we had moved out of the house ... such people always wandered around on the property when the construction folks were not there on the property (i.e. off hours)
Once I was on the property - a guy stopped his truck, came onto the property and started rummaging through the stuff on the driveway and picking up pipes !! And I was on the property (second floor) yelling my head off and asking him to back off (really scary experience). I tried to call 911 (ofcourse from a cell phone - it never gets connected immediately) - and I didn't know what to do. Knowing that there are a lot of crazy folks around, I didn't quite want to go on the driveway and confront him. This guy took his own time and found two plumbing pipes in the trash and waved them to me, said 'Gracias' and took off in his truck ..[and no, I was not connected to 911 in the mean time]
Then there was the other set of people - who were just curious as to what was going on, what changes were being made and let themsleves on the property, looked around and went their way. Sometimes these people were sent by our contractor to take a look at his ongoing work, sometimes these were people from the neighborhood who were shopping around for a contractor/architect.
After the incident of the guy coming onto the driveway, we asked our contractor to put up a temp fence, which was 'locked' ( they tied it with a metal tie on one end ) when the construction folks were done with their work. So if someone had to come onto the property ( driveway included ) they had to untie the metal tie and come inside .. this proved as a deterrent, since undoing the metal tie was like opening a 'lock' to some extent and was more like trespassing.
on Sep 11, 2006 at 9:45 am
i witnessed a father showing his young son how to squeeze between a locked fence to steal some plywood from a spec house. he was obviously too big to get through so he sent his kid.
they were on bikes, and they did come back for more wood !!
on Sep 14, 2006 at 5:20 pm
Let me ask a dumb question. If the stuff is in the trash, why do you care if he takes it? Isn't that recycling? You should be recycling the stuff anyway.
Of course, I'm not talking about stealing non-trash.