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Trespassing

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Cutting Through Yards/Properties & Trespassing:

2009 Update:  Your best course of action is to post "no trespassing" signs on your property. If you see individuals walking through your yard, stick your head out and say "hey guys, we'd really appreciate it if you wouldn't cut through the yard, use the sidewalk, please". All of this seems elementary and half the time it doesn't work, but what you are doing is setting a stage. Once you post the signs and you have asked them not to cut through the yard, you have given them the legal warning required by law so that if you need to in the future, you can file trespassing charges against them. If you start out really nice they may appreciate that, but if they don't and continue to cut through that's where you can get more aggressive.

After you do those two things, if you continue to see them cut through (without their knowledge) take their photograph as they are passing through your yard, and then call CPD. When you call, you want to let them know that individuals are trespassing on your property. You're telling the truth, but the manor in which you say it, will somewhat elevate the level of the call. The chances of CPD getting there while they are still in your yard are non-existent, but you will have the photographs you need to prove they were on your property.

If CPD can determine where the individuals are coming from and give them a warning, great. If they can't then it may take some additional investigating work on your behalf. Once you are able to determine who they are or where they live, if it continues you can follow up with the prosecutors office. Obviously, the more neighbors who take this approach, the easier it will be to actually catch them trespassing.

I know it seems like a lot, especially when it's your property and no one should be on it in the first place, but unfortunately that's the way it is these days.

Independence Park Trespassing:

The park hours for Independence park were changed in 2008 to reflect closed from dusk till dawn. At the same time, the Columbus Department of Parks and Recreation issued a letter to the Columbus Division of Police authorizing them to make arrests on the Independence Park property, without a representative of Parks and Recs being present to press charges. Because of this, CPD now has the ability to arrest anyone who is in Independence Park while it is dark. To report trespassing in Independence Park, please call CPD at 645-4545.

Trespassing On Groveport Madison School Property Adjacent to Independence Park:

At the same time the park hours for Independence park were changed in 2008, we approached the Groveport Madison School District about the piece of land that they own adjacent to Independence Park. Because the two properties were directly next to each other, just because Independence Park was closed from dusk till dawn, didn't mean that suspects simply would not step over the property line and resume their activities. To prevent this from being a scenario, the Groveport Madison School District also posted signs clearly showing that their property was too closed from dusk till dawn. In addition, they too issued a letter to the Columbus Division of Police authorizing them to make arrests on their property, without a representative of the school district being present to press charges. Because of this, CPD now has the ability to arrest anyone who is on the Groveport Madison property adjacent to Independence Park, while it is dark. To report trespassing on this property, please call CPD at 645-4545.

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