What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Texas
My neighbor installed a basketball hoop in their driveway last month. Unfortunately our driveways are next to each other. We started hearing loud banging noises and I went out to the garage. I opened the garage door just in time to see a basketball bounce off my car. It did not do any damage that can be seen. I not so nicely told them to keep the ball in their own yard. My husband has also told them (nicely) to please stop hitting the cars with the ball.
What I've Done to Resolve This:
I have since then installed a security camera for insurance purposes in case damage happens. I have video of the children playing basketball and bouncing the ball off our vehicles. The videos/stills are over a 3-week period.
Today, on someone's advise, I put a "No Trespassing" sign at the property line. Supposedly only then I can contact the police (I'm not sure how PRIVATE property is actually PUBLIC to everyone, but I did as they said).
I've even gone as far as thinking of trying to move, but four houses on my street (of 13 houses) have been for sale for over a year.
I've looked into having our privacy fence extended, but (1) it would really look horrible and possibly decrease the value of the home; (2) why should I have to pay for it?; (3) the kids would probably just damage it anyway.
What Seemingly Cannot Be Done:
Speaking reasonably to the mother of the children. The last time that I had an issue, the children were climbing over our 6' privacy fence to get their toys. They broke loose one of the boards from the fence. I went to speak to the mother, but she was rude and blamed her children's behavior on their age. (if I damaged property or bothered my neighbors when I 10 years old, my mother would have grounded me for months). I'm also a PTSD combat veteran with high anxiety anyway who doesn't always have control of her emotions, so I avoid conflict as much as possible (and she's shown that she's unable to communicate in a friendly, no-conflict manner).
And yes, I've thought of calling the police. It's a small town with small town police who did very little when I was bit by a neighborhood dog. So I'm not counting on them for much.
What This is Doing:
First, the constant worry over my vehicle & property is causing me a lot of anxiety. I'm also a PTSD combat veteran with high anxiety anyway who doesn't always have control of her emotions, so I avoid conflict as much as possible (and she's shown that she's unable to communicate in a friendly, no-conflict manner).
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