Illegal dumping on my property

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  1. 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.
     

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  2. 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.
     

    #2 John Rambo, Aug 10, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  3. Trail cameras

    Also a bunch of survelliance signs.
     
    #3 kiole, Aug 10, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  4. 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.
     
  5. Is the land bordered by a public road? How many points of vehicle access are there?
     
  6. Hm... good idea. I'll try that next time I'm near the land.
     
  7. it's a rural dirt road, there is a fence around the land and a gate but they break the gate and dump. :steamed:
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Claymore


    This side toward enemy

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  10. 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...
     


  11. 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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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.
     
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  15. 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.
     
  16. Sell the land and let someone else deal with it?
     
  17. Sigobsessed

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    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.
     
  18. 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.
     

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