I don't know if I should get all worked up about this, but someone
sneaks into my pool a few times each summer. Usually no significant
damage done, however it's somewhat alarming to me to wake in the
morning and find my floatation devices floating in the pool and the
I have no idea who it may be although I suspect teenagers.
I live in a quiet area and it's dark. I have some motion sensor
driveway type alarms but they go off all hours on the night when
nocturnal animals are out and I get no sleep, so I've had them off.
Anyone's opinion, should I really be alarmed about this. Does this
happen to most pool owners? Anyone ever caught the person?
I'm not a pool person, but yes, you should be alarmed. This is a criminal
act of trespassing. Regardless of that, though, if something happens to one
of the trespassers you will probably be held liable because your gate wasn't
locked. Not to mention if teenagers can get in, little kids probably can
I did it as a kid as well, but the country wasn't so sue-happy then. If I
fell and cracked my head on the concrete it would have been considered my
own stupidity and my friends would have laughed at me for it.
I'm pretty sure they make pool motion sensors that detect a change in
waviness. You should have to worry about animals setting it off unless
they actually get in the pool.
Besides being an invasion of privacy and tresspassing, I think you
could actually be liable if they were to hurt themselves.
How about putting an alarm on the gate? Maybe even a silent alarm
inside the house?
I believe you could get a camera very cheaply these days and could
hook it up to the motion detector and a light. That should tell you
who it is.
I wouldn't put up with it.
Floating alarms are available that beep when agitated. They are for
alerting people if a child should fall in the pool. If you hear the beep,
call the police and report a prowler. They will respond and take it from
there. One time should do it. Once the word is out you call the police, it
should solve the problem.
I'm not proud of it but as a teenager we would sometimes go pool hopping on a
hot summer night. Sometimes through the grapevine we would learn of a
vacationing family with a built-in and we would help ourselves. I personally
did it about a dozen times. Cops never came. I don't condone it.
Don't they sell those pool alarms in case a child falls in?
I once had a problem with a prowler in my yard out in the country. Mostly,
he just disturbed things as if he was looking for valuables. I decided to
settle the matter, and took a thermos of coffee and my 12 gauge onto the
patio and waited. Around 11 pm he showed up, walking in from the woods. As
soon as he got to the back gate, I fired two shells into the sky. He was
last seen running through Westville, 14 miles from my town. Never saw him
The only thing you'll ever squeeze is ur midget dick or ur dog's balls
you scroungy ole hilly-billy pussi-boi you.
Meantime I'll keep a squeezing your momma's juicy ass like I been doin
for years now over at Michele's Motel in merry ole Lumpkin ever chance I
What say I post some pics of her fat ass, eh?
yeah, I think so... Good idea. Be on the lookout for em!!
A: It disrupts the natural flow of conversation.
Q: What is wrong with top-posting?
When I was a kid on the farm it was not unusual to catch someone snooping
around the farm yard. My pop would grab the shoot gun a fire a shot in their
direction. They would peal out of in a hurry.
Later on, when I was a teen, someone was tearing down the road and spinning
circles with their car in our driveway. After the second time they made a
pass I decided to grab the shoot gun and waited in the shadows for them to
come back. It wasn't long before they came back for one more pass. At the
appropriate time I stepped out into their headlights holding the shoot gun
across my chest. It was pretty funny to see them hit the brakes and slowly
drive away instead of the spin they were planning. Of course they never came
There was a gent in our city that was sitting in his house on winter
evening. Someone tried to get into the front door, and he heard them.
Seconds later he heard someone trying to get into the patio door. He had
grabbed his .44 magnum when he heard the first attempt, so he walked out the
front door and fired twice into the sky. Needless to say who ever it was
made tracks, through the snow, right to his own house where later the cops
The cops wanted to charge the gent for firing a gun in the city limits, but
decided not to.
So yes, I believe the about story, to a point. The 14 miles MAY be an
Why? I know of two instances where basically the same happened, one
was me, one my neighbor. We had kids that would drive down our roadss
in 4WD vehicles and leave pasture gates open, letting horses and cows
roam (Note, this was the Northeast, they are "cows", not "cattle").
The neighbor posted a sign that said tresspassers would be shot and
buried. Sat in a deer stand next to a popular gate, kids came by, he
fired two blasts from the 12 gauge and his gates stayed shut from then
In my case it was road hunters. They drive down the road, shooting at
anything that moves, including cows, horses, dogs and children. After
enough beer I guess a four-year-old looks like a six-point buck. I
had a sign that said "Hunters, the other white meat" at the end of the
drive. One day a hunter fired a shot from his car into the woods
across the road, I fired the 12 gauge from the porch, he took off and
the hunting activity died off for the season.
Note that where I live now this would be foolhardy, dangerous and
illegal. But I'd be tempted to fire up the chainsaw if I had a
For the OP: Locks on the gate might go a long way toward stopping the
practice and limiting liability.
[On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 11:42:51 -0700, "CBHvac"
The first indication of someone who knows what they are doing.
It depends on what city.
The point is that you really don't want to kill anyone. Not for
just trespassing. You just want to discourage them. Get their
attention. A twelve gauge fired into the dirt will usually
The cops around where I live would always look the other way on
something like that. That would be after they helped you
Shit. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go
pool-jumping. It is best done naked with girls.
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