Locked Doors, Fences and Privacy Signs

There are 3 things you should know to maximize your privacy at home. Whether you live in an apartment, house or shack, you have rights. And law enforcement or government representatives generally do not have the right to enter your home (with some exceptions).

Putting up a good façade is a good start. And I don’t mean doing anything illegal. It is widely known that there are loopholes and outs in the legal system, and you need to know where those lie to maximize the privacy and security of your castle.

Here at Privacyliving.com, we have 3 general rules for protecting your home from those who are not welcome:

  1. Lock your door, and don’t open it unless law enforcement has a warrant.
  2. Keep your fences up and the gates locked, creating a barrier between your property and the outside world.
  3. Post signage around your home and property letting outsiders know that trespassing is prohibited and that the premises are considered private property.
locked gate ranch

A locked gate and a fence creates a barrier for prying government types.

Most of these suggestions may seem trivial and simplistic. After all, there are more advanced things people can do to maximize security: building walls, installing security cameras and alarm systems, etc. But the average man or woman has the law working for him or her, if they choose to take advantage of it. For example, when police, code enforcement officers, etc. come to your door you don’t have to open the door (unless they have a warrant to search the property).

If code enforcement or other government representatives encounter a locked gate and fenced property, they cannot enter the property to conduct investigations or search.

Putting up signs also makes it clear to anyone who visits the property that the property has been established as a private property and no one is allowed without permission. Common examples of effective signage might read “Private Property: Keep Out” or “Posted: No Trespassing”.

no trespassing

Signage discourages burglars and establishes boundaries.

Again, all these actions seem simple, but they all count toward the private property defense in a US court of law. And they cannot be ignored by law enforcement or governmental representatives who enforce Federal, state and local law.

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