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  1. #1
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    Default What Measures Can You Take to Keep Trespassers Off of Your Land

    My question involves civil rights in the State of: Ohio

    I am a 10 year veteran of the army, and clearly have some personal space issues(as you will see)

    I am about to close on a house (2 acres) not very big at all but enough for right now! I want to put up a "Perimeter Security/Deterant/Effective Dibilitating/Possible lethal means of keeping intruders off of my property. With the proper signs/Warnings. I was wondering where I can find specific laws Federal,State,City,Township, for my concerns. I am not talking about an electric fence. I will give a few examples:
    1. Barbed wire fencing With Warnings
    2. Sharpened Barbs on said FenceWith Warnings
    3. Dense Foliage that contains Thorns or Spikes inside fencing
    4. Human activated only Trip Wire configuration that detains intruder(s)

    What Rights will I have against individuals tresspassing, stealling animals/fruits/vegetables? Can I detain them? What if they pose a physical threat before during or after detained or demobilized?
    I really need advice for Legal resources before I find myself in a stupid situation?

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    Default Re: New Property Owner in Ohio (Land Rights)(My First Question)

    I suggest you consult your local code officer and district attorney.

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    Default Re: What Measures Can You Take to Keep Trespassers Off of Your Land

    You can find federal laws here; state laws here; for the rest you can search for the relevant codes for the applicable local units of government.

    When you start setting man traps, you can get yourself into serious trouble - civil and criminal.

    Most fence and wall issues will be a matter of local concern.

    Make sure you have appropriate insurance.

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    Default Re: What Measures Can You Take to Keep Trespassers Off of Your Land

    Be aware that if you are setting what amounts to boobie traps, even the BEST insurance won't cover you there, if sued by a person injured in a civil suit nor will best intentions protect you from potentially facing criminal negligence charges - even if the person was injured during an unlawful trespass.

    Should some kid chase a frisbee onto your property and get injured by one of your unforseen contraptions, that kid's parents could OWN your home. Time to start thinking like a civilian.

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    Default Re: What Measures Can You Take to Keep Trespassers Off of Your Land

    #3 alone is probably your best bet to stay on the safe side of legal issues. Google "living fences" and you'll find ideas of how to grow an impenetrable fence out of bushes.

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    Default Re: What Measures Can You Take to Keep Trespassers Off of Your Land

    a dry ditch overgrown with thorn plants will keep people out without getting you taxpayer funded food shelter and an hour in the yard every day

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