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Old 05-05-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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My side and backyard gardens is very pretty this time of year. The other day my kids were very alarmed to see a strange woman just walking around and taking pictures.

If she had come to the door and explained she would love to see my garden I would have been happy to let her or even walk around with her but it annoys me no end she just walked up my driveway and onto my property like it was public space. It also frightened my kids and the dogs started barking like crazy. When I caught up with her on the way down the driveway she explained she had gotten lost. Really? You got lost on foot on my dead end street in my backyard with a camera? I was so flustered I couldn't think of a thing to say but I sure could think of lots of things I wished I had said.

I would never even think of doing such a thing. That's why we have garden tours in our communities.

A few years ago I even noticed a man walking around taking cuttings and dropping them in a bag. He was going around at a fast pace and I could not get to him. Isn't that stealing?
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Isn't that stealing?
Yes and that's also trespassing.
Why don't you put up some "posted" signs if you haven't already and next time it happens, rather than chase someone away or confront them, get a description of them approximate height, weight, clothes, race and anyone with them as well as their vehicle make model, color and license plate number.

With that you have everything you need to report the suspicious person to the agency who is trained to deal with them.

Observe and report.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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I would be very upset! I would post signs saying....dangerous dog, beware! I am frequently amazed at the nerve some people have regarding personal space/ belongings.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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You can purchase signs that say "No Treaspassing". Where I live you have to post them every 50 feet on trees.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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I wouldn't be worried but I would nicely tell her that the law (here in the USA) only permits photos taken FROM a public right of way. So she could stand on the sidewalk and take photos ok but otherwise, it was rather presumptious of her. I think most people simply are not aware of the law or are so into what they are doing, they forget about privacy, etc.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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You must have some garden for people to want to take pictures or slips from your plants. I probably would not be terribly upset, but that is me. I am sure others would be.

Nita
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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My side and backyard gardens is very pretty this time of year. The other day my kids were very alarmed to see a strange woman just walking around and taking pictures.

If she had come to the door and explained she would love to see my garden I would have been happy to let her or even walk around with her but it annoys me no end she just walked up my driveway and onto my property like it was public space. It also frightened my kids and the dogs started barking like crazy. When I caught up with her on the way down the driveway she explained she had gotten lost. Really? You got lost on foot on my dead end street in my backyard with a camera? I was so flustered I couldn't think of a thing to say but I sure could think of lots of things I wished I had said.

I would never even think of doing such a thing. That's why we have garden tours in our communities.

A few years ago I even noticed a man walking around taking cuttings and dropping them in a bag. He was going around at a fast pace and I could not get to him. Isn't that stealing?
no Kudzu, I am often guilty of looking into other people's gardens, if a beautiful flower catches my eyes. How about posting a photo of your b/g for us to enjoy? Thank you,
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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I would be very upset! I would post signs saying....dangerous dog, beware! .

I wouldn't advise doing this.

If one of the dogs ever did bite someone, you could be accused of knowing your dog is aggressive/dangerous. That's what happened to one of my neighbors about 25 years ago.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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My mother has a beautiful garden roses and other flowers such as tulips and crocus and such more than i can mention here and no one i mean no one steps foot on her property . I think the German Sheppard Breeder sign intimidates some people . I know mom has one gsd that likes to scare people and he is not afraid of anything . He just looks at people and scares em . One day mom did see a lady wondering around and the gsd spotted her and scared the you know what out of her and Mom told her that if she had knocked on the door she would have and could have taken a look at my moms garden . That lady has not been back since . You see this particular gsd sneaks and then runs to the fence and barks . He just barks he does not do anything else but his bark and his stare will scare you .If I were you I would post a no tresspassing sign on your fence all around and also on your front yard as well . Mom has had to do so since that lady and being my mom is a breeder as well , you just never know .
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I would report to my local police, just to put them on notice. It in all likelihood is just what she said BUT just in case I would report it.
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