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Illegal dumping on my property

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Rocknropes, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Rocknropes


    Mar 11, 2008
    I own land in South Florida but I live elsewhere. It's just land that sits there, however periodically someone has been dumping garbage and other things on my land. I've put up no trespassing and no dumping signs but they just rip them off and throw them to the side.

    What could I legally do? I talked to my cousin who is a Sheriff's deputy and he said I can apply for an official Sheriff's office sign, but I don't know if that would deter them. The thing is, the land is in a rural area and cops don't typically patrol the area.

    Any ideas of how to put a stop to this? I live VERY far away from this land and cannot visit nor have someone reliably check on it. Any ideas? And no, I don't have land mines or punji stick pits.
  2. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    Many people who own rural land and don't live on it put up with this. The locals flat out don't care that its your land. They have no intention of stopping.

    Put up cameras and a fence. Make sure the cameras are hidden and upload video remotely. Also, make friends with the local police. They'll give you a hand.

    And yes, apply for the signs.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014

  3. kiole


    Feb 16, 2008
    Trail cameras

    Also a bunch of survelliance signs.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  4. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
  5. Dig thur the trash they leave and sooner or later you will find a address linking you to the dumpsters. Have a lawyer send them a nasty letter threatening prosecution if they continue and do not return and remove the trash.
  6. RagnarDanneskjold

    RagnarDanneskjold Senior Pirate

    Jul 8, 2013
    Behind the Tofu Curtain
    Is the land bordered by a public road? How many points of vehicle access are there?
  7. Rocknropes


    Mar 11, 2008
    Hm... good idea. I'll try that next time I'm near the land.
  8. Rocknropes


    Mar 11, 2008
    it's a rural dirt road, there is a fence around the land and a gate but they break the gate and dump. :steamed:
  9. Huaco Kid

    Huaco Kid

    Mar 11, 2007
    I knew a guy that put up a sign that said, "Smile! You're on a wireless web camera!" He said it pretty much worked.
  10. Sniffler

    Sniffler Cyborg Silver Member

    May 15, 2013
    Western North Carolina

    This side toward enemy

  11. RagnarDanneskjold

    RagnarDanneskjold Senior Pirate

    Jul 8, 2013
    Behind the Tofu Curtain
    That makes it a bit easier, you only have to really defend one point, 'cause nobody is gonna hump garbage in on foot. Spend a couple hours looking at that single point, and a couple hours shopping online for gadgets and MacGyver fixes.. a few ideas:

    1. Surveillance camera, see what's available online. They're not unreachable price-wise. You need enough resolution to get license plates. That'll let the Sheriff go after the a-holes.

    2. There are some damn-near un-defeatable gate designs out there. One time expense is hefty, but you ain't gettin through it with a pickup truck and hand tools.Talking steel I-beam on big hinge secured with beefy lock with a 1/4" thick cut-shield of plate steel around the lock.

    3. Buy an old beater vehicle (not pickup truck), and just leave it parked across the entrance road, functioning as a gate.

    4. Dig a serious trench across the road and stash a couple of those tire bridges somewhere nearby.

    5. Put one of those sheds with a garage-type door on either side of it that you have to drive through. People who think nothing of cutting a fence may5 scruple at busting into a building, and if not, the addition of a security cam makes it burglary, not tresspass and littering...
  12. Altaris


    Feb 16, 2004
    Round Rock, TX

    Having them come through 1 area does make it easier for you.

    The web cam/trail cam would probably be the easiest solution and would give you the best results as far as catching the guys imo.

    The vindictive part of me would say set up some type of road spikes just inside your gate. That way when they drive in they will blow out all of their tires. Just remember to remove them whenever you go visit there yourself. :supergrin:
    Legally though, I have no clue if that would leave you open for liability if they wrecked though.
  13. huskerbuttons


    Jan 25, 2008
    SW Ohio
    Do you have any game / wildlife on the property? If so get a deal worked out with some hunters and let them use the property to hunt on if they can keep an eye on the place. They will run the dumpers off.
  14. Rocknropes


    Mar 11, 2008
    I thought about that, but there's not much to hunt and I don't want to be liable for them accidentally shooting someone. My cousin goes out there sometimes to shoot targets against a berm, but not that often.
  15. snowG29


    Mar 7, 2012
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  16. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Sell it. Why are you holding on to it in the first place? If you can't actively manage it on site, or have a property management company or individual look after it, it's more of a pain unless you have future plans for the land.
  17. KevinFACE


    Feb 16, 2010
    Sell the land and let someone else deal with it?
  18. Sigobsessed

    Sigobsessed Ruggedly handsome

    Jan 16, 2012
    Rochester ny
    Buy yourself a gillysuit and a 50bmg and wait for the scumbags! Seriously though the trail cam idea is a good one just make sure they're hidden well enough so they don't get stolen.
  19. PaulMason


    Feb 10, 2010
    Did a trench across the road.

    Put large rocks on the side of the trench so they can't go around it.

    Cover the trench with some 1/4" plywood.

    Cover the plywood with dirt.

    When they get stuck you will have their vehicle.

    This is after your gate of course and you have posted it.