How to Properly Display No Trespassing Signs

How to Properly Display No Trespassing Signs. Since many courts consider how effectively a property was labeled "private'" when presented with a trespassing case, it's important for property owners to know how to properly display "No Trespassing" signs. Preventive measures are an effective way to protect your residential or business property from trespassers. Follow these steps to safeguard your holdings.

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Post Clearly Marked Signs

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Step 1

Arm yourself with numerous signs alerting potential trespassers that your property is private, and that trespassers will be prosecuted.

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Step 2

Know your property lines. For example, if you own a shopping center, you shouldn't wait until potential loiterers and trespassers enter the building to warn them about trespassing. Instead, place signage around the edges of the parking lots.

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Step 3

Post the signs where people easily can see them. If you are posting around a residential property, post at any place in the boundary line that pedestrians or vehicles use as a path or shortcut. Consider fencing the property, as well.

Make the Signs Visible

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Step 4

Keep the signs bright and clean. Even if you properly display a "No Trespassing" sign, it's worthless if the letters have faded or the sign has fallen to the ground. If you are running a business, ask security to check signs regularly during rounds.

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Step 5

Continue to place signs at new areas of ingress. If you see anyone cutting across your property, place a sign in that area, and consider building a more effective barrier.

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Step 6

Study your local laws. In many states, hunters cannot pursue wounded game onto your property without asking permission. If your property abuts hunting grounds, prominently post signs and consider fencing. Wire fences can provide cheap, effective borders around your property.

Take Further Action

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Step 7

Call the police if trespassers refuse to leave once they have been notified of their offense.

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Step 8

Seek support and guidance if trespassing turns into a serious, chronic problem. Visit the Nolo Web site for legal guidance (see Resources below).