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Old 09-08-2019, 05:10 AM
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Originally Posted by Pondering92 View Post
We've recently acquired a small amount of wooded, undeveloped acreage in rural West KY. It has been brought to our attention that we have had people trespassing on the property (haven't caught any one yet), both on foot and on four-wheelers. The property has not yet been posted (will be real soon now). However, I've been told that no trespassing signs do not really provide any real protection to the landowner in terms of liability.

Searching on the Internet has not provided any definitive answers as to whether this is correct...anyone out there with experience/knowledge on this topic who can direct me to up-to-date info? (Aside from the obvious: call an attorney

Also, is there any particular format required for trespassing signs? I've seen some that have a place for the owner's name and phone number. I'm not particularly excited about hanging my contact info out there for any clown who is already wandering around where they shouldn't be.

Talk to your homeowners insurance agent; you may be able to a liability rider for the vacant land. If that doesn't work you can get a 1-2 million dollar liability policy for 30 to 50 dollars per month. Signs can be torn down or blown off the tree/fence post. Fencing is expensive and can easily be cut.

By all means post and fence your property so some are deterred but if you want liability protection I would consider insurance.

I live in a rural area and typically people move out here and buy a house on a couple of acres and figure they "need" an ATV. After a while riding around the yard gets old so they decide to explore. We get a lot of people riding them on the road around my place which is illegal.
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