Hope someone can give me some sensible ideas, although slightly off topic. I
am currently renovating a house for rent in scotland, not in the best of
The house is currently vacant and has pedestrian right of way on footpaths
around the house (access to the other 2 houses)
1. I recently had a skip hire for rubbish and the local kids scattered a
lot of the contents in the street, I will need to hire another soon how best
to stop them? I thought to empty a tin of paint over the contents but this
would dry after a day so probably wouldnt deter them.
2. Some of the local kids take a shortcut through my hedge and across the
garden despite being warned from doing this, their parents are obviously not
bothered, not that I know who their parents are as I dont live in the
property. Any ideas on how to deter them? I thought of laying some fishing
line at ankle level, but they would no doubt just cut this in daylight when
I am not there. A big bag of chimney soot would do nicely towards ruining
their expensive trainers but alas not so available these days.
this is a serious request. Any help appreciated.
Have a look for fast growing and spiky plants to put in the hedge to suggest
to them it`s a bad idea.
Also be aware that your property seems to be regularly unoccupied. If you
upset the local scum when you`re there, who knows what they`ll do once
As an alternative to anti-climb paint mentioned elsewhere, consider oil
based paint mixed with engine oil which will do the same job and will be
cheaper, suggest 50/50 to start, both the cheapest you can find. Don't
be seen poring it.
You may also be able to get a shuttered skip, conventional shape with
steel padlockable lid, rare but I have seen them.
Rather than tell off the kids put a barrier in their path. Put in hefty
corner fence posts and thread fence wire through the hedge at 6"
vertical intervals, tension with straining screws, then thread in
verticals at 12" intervals and link to the horizontals to stop the
horizontals being spread to get through. Verts can be fence wire but any
tough perforated spike/post is easier, using tough cable ties to link to
the horizontals. If it gets damaged, replace it, if it happens twice,
spray the wire with oil/paint mix.
If you are approached by parents with kids having dirty/oily clothes or
by the police on a complaint then deny use of such, blame on vandals,
short & sweet.
Spiky plants do work too but take a while to establish and IME need
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