How Do You Keep Neighbors From Trespassing?

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Boundaries are necessary for any healthy relationship, be it family, friends or neighbors. Setting limits provides personal space and a sense of safety, and offers the opportunity for mutual respect. This is also true when it comes to property. As the saying goes, "Good fences make good neighbors." But what do you do if your boundaries are not respected? How do you set the limits and make them clear to anyone concerned? Communicate clearly to neighbors, in person if possible, that there are boundaries and that they should not be crossed. Expressing a desire for privacy and explaining your legal rights will let them know where the limits have been set. Do not threaten or harass them. Communicate in an open and friendly way to set a positive tone in the relationship. Be kind and firm at the same time. Mark the boundaries so that there is no question about where the property lines lie. Displaying "No Trespassing" signs will alert those who are not aware and remind those who are that ... more
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