"Anonymous" wrote in message
kids keep kicking their football in to my back garden several times a day.
What are my rights? If i dont answer the door they climb the fence. What
can I do?
The PLUS on this is they came to the door first to ask. Good kids, make
friends with them.
When I was in high school and walking home a kid through a rock at me. I
retaliated by throwing a rock back at him. The rock had a good airfoil shape
and curved into a 8 x 12 store window. I walked to the store and talked to
the owner and we worked things out. WW
First thing I'd do is have a chat with the kids and their parents to
lay down some ground rules. Rule one being: they are not allowed to
climb the fence. Rule two being: they have to ask for and get
permission to enter your yard to retrieve their ball. If you aren't
home at the time, they just have to wait. Follow the rules and they
get their ball back - in time. If that's not good enough, they will
have to improve their throwing accuracy or take the game somewhere else.
If they're half-way decent kids, once they know there are rules,
they'll obey them most of the time. If they're problem kids, they'll
completely ignore the rules, at which point your conscience should be
clear in terms of escalating measures for dealing with the incursions.
If they're half-way decent kids why can't they come into the yard to get
the ball? If they can follow a rule to stay out of the yard, why can't they
follow a rule to get the ball and get out?
That's how it was when I was growing up.
Usually the point behind fencing a yard is to keep creatures -
including other people and other people's kids - out. There's not much
point to having a fence if you're going to grant neighbors blanket
permission to enter your property.
If your property contains an attractive nuisance such as a pond, pool,
or pet, you can't give kids blanket permission to enter without
exposing yourself to liability.
If the kids and/or their parents have chosen to ignore the obvious "do
not enter" message that a fence conveys, it will be necessary to make
that clear via letter or conversation - and setting conditions for
permissible entry if the property owner feels so inclined.
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