Do Trespassers Know They’re Not Welcomed On Your Property?

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Do Trespassers Know They’re Not Welcomed On Your Property?

Need tips on No Trespassing signs…no problem!

We’ve all seen a “No Trespassing” sign somewhere. It seems obvious that one cannot simply walk onto someone’s property without permission. However, the property-lines get a little blurred when talking about trespassing on shared property, such as an apartment complex.

As the property owner, it is your right to place anyone on trespass from the property, and it is your obligation to ensure the safety of your tenants. Legally, anyone must ask permission to be on your land, but you are likely not there 24/7 to give them an answer. Hence— the No Trespassing sign.

A “No Trespassing” sign will be nothing without some authenticity to back it up. The Attorney Referral Service urges owners in Los Angeles to file a “No Trespass Authorization Form”. This form allows police officers to arrest anyone who is trespassing; without it, police officers can only kick loiterers and vagrants off the property, which could potentially lead to a recurring problem. In addition to the form, it is crucial that all posted “No Trespassing” signs state that violators will be prosecuted, and include the relevant code section LAMC § 41.24. Be sure to file the “No Trespass Authorization Form” yearly.

  1. If posting “No Trespassing” signs around your property just doesn’t seem like enough, here are some other helpful tips to make sure those loiterers stay gone for good!
  2. Add exterior lighting! Trespassers may enter your property at night if they’re under the impression that nobody can see them. If they’re trespassing to vandalize or commit crimes, they may think twice if they’re under bright lights. Also consider the use of motion sensor lights to save on electricity costs.
  3. Fencing, keep the good guys in, and the bad guys out. Adding a fence around your property can make your tenants feel more secure. At the same time, it locks out trespassers that don’t belong on the premises.

By displaying “No Trespassing” signs, and taking a few extra security precautions, you are ensuring that your tenants and building will be less susceptible to trespassers and vagrants. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


Trevor Henson is the founder of several property management companies and is the current Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at Beach Front Property Management in Long Beach, CA. He is a CMO, entrepreneur, Trojan, EO LA member, investment property addict, change agent, and bourbon aficionado.