I'd also be horrified that other kids are opening your pool fence without you knowing about it - what if they don't close it properly and one of your kids gets into the pool?.
Jumping the fence is disrespectful and rude, but when a pool is involved it could get deadly. I second what others say about speaking to the parents and if that doesn't achieve anything perhaps peak to the council or police about what other options there are.
Or failing all that another thing we found successful for stopping our fence jumping dog was trailing roses with giant spiky thorns growing across the top of the fence
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25-11-2012 17:01 #11Senior Member
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25-11-2012 20:39 #12
In my mind if my ball goes over the fence it's only right that I go to the front door & ask permission to go into that backyard to get the ball. Or, if I knew the owners of the house & I had 'standing permission' to go in, then it would be ok. Otherwise I wouldn't enter someones property and I'd expect my children to do the same. BUT, as this is a back fence neighbour it's a bit trickier as they might have to walk a long way to get to your front door.
Having said that I do think you need to speak to the parents. I suspect the parents don't know the full story. They may not know the ball has gone over the fence at all and they may know it has, but not realise there's a pool on the other side of the fence. I suggest you do put lattice on the fence that borders the pool just as extra security to stop them particularly climbing into that section. Imagine if he climbed in the fence into the pool area without telling his parents and you weren't home and he slipped & fell into the pool. Not good at all.
You don't want to be difficult with the family, but entering your property, especially the pool area, without permission is not appropriate.
25-11-2012 21:00 #13Senior Member
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OP i don't think it is up to you to put up lattice to prevent OTHER peoples children from entering YOUR yard (especially if your pool fencing is up to standard). But i would suggest a quick visit to their house to let their parents know as they may be completely unaware it is happening. Perhaps focusing on the safety issue and your concern for their children would be the best method and may avoid grumpy neighbours who feel their parenting is being questioned. If this doesnt solve the problem then i would ring the police and explain the situation and tell them your concerns for the childrens safety. I would think the police would have a duty of care to follow it up.
25-11-2012 21:24 #14
Pool or no pool, it's an invasion of privacy.
I'd be letting the kids know you will throw any balls back into their yard when you see them, but they aren't to come into your back yard.
If they continue to do it, I'd talk to the parents.
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