How do I stop people walking on a path behind my house?
March 3, 2013 8:17 PM Subscribe
Strangers from adjoining neighborhoods have created a path on private land behind my house. What are some ways I can stop them?
posted by Arbitrage1 to home & garden (48 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To the right of my property there is a creek/runoff canal, that starts at the road in front of my house, and runs down the length of my property. The area is about 1/4 of an acre, and I have a neighbor on the opposite side of the creek. The land is owned by our HOA, but because the area is maintained by the county (due to the runoff canal), the HOA is unable to block off the area or restrict access. As a result of this, people in the adjoining neighborhood have discovered that this area can be used as a shortcut from the neighborhood behind ours, through ours, and have created a path that runs right along my property, to a small bridge over the creek, and then up to the road.
At all times of the day and night, strangers are walking through this path. I don't like it. It makes me feel very unsafe. I think its an easy escape route from our neighborhood. And unfortunately, I feel that since my house sits right by this path, its the easiest target.
We do have a 6 foot fence that runs all along my property and separates it from this path, but I just don't like the idea of people being back there and walking along and behind my house.
Our HOA has contacted the county and has been informed that there should be no trespassing on the land, and specifically that it should not be used as a walking path. However, the county will do nothing to stop the issue from occurring, and will not allow my HOA to fence off the area, as they claim they need access.
I however, want to put a stop to people walking down this "path", whatever the cost.
One note about the bridge over the creek - I don't know its origins. (its like 8 feel long by 3 feet wide, made of wood) When I asked about it at the last HOA meeting, no one seemed interested in removing it, and being new to the community, I didn't press the issue. I did voice my concerns about the path being an easy escape route, but no one seemed concerned. I suspect some of the folks using the trail might be people from my neighborhood...
I've thought about routing water to the area so the path turns into one giant muddy mess. I've also wondered what would happen if that bridge simply "disappeared" one night.
Any suggestions, from the ingenious to the insane, are appreciated.