Tell me if it strikes a chord with you. Do you feel anxious or violated about your neighbor's security camera pointed at your house? Or wonder if your neighbor can record you on your property?

With the popularity of residence security cameras, the disputes between camera owners and their neighbors have also arisen over privacy issues.

So, can your neighbor's security camera record your yard or property legally? What are the privacy laws concerning neighbor's security camera aimed at your house?

Or if you plan to install a security camera around your house, can you point your security camera at your neighbor's house? And can you install CCTV on your property with bad neighbors?

By the time you're done reading this post, you'll have all the answers to the above questions.

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Yes, Your Neighbor's Security Cameras Can Point at Your House If …

Essentially, the legality of your neighbor's security camera overlooking your property depends on what the camera is used for, what acts it is capturing and what your neighbor is doing with the video footage.

In the following scenarios, your neighbor can have security cameras pointed at your house legally:

#1. Your Neighbor's Security Camera Aimed at Your House Is Indeed Capturing a Broad Area

As the property owners, your neighbors are entitled to install security cameras in and around their house to stop burglars from targeting their home.

And you have the right to do so as well.

So if your neighbor places an IP camera for security purpose and it happens to capture your front door, driveway or yard which are visible from public areas, you can't press charges against your neighbor as you have no expectation of privacy outdoors.

Security Cameras Pointed at Front Door

Chances are that your driveway or yard is the collateral background in a legitimate monitoring of your neighbor's property. Just as the home security camera laws in California says,

"There are no restrictions, for a private person to have video surveillance cameras around their property for the purposes of security."

"If your cameras are located on your property in plain view, are not in a private place, and do not violate any state or federal laws, it would appear they would be lawful."

Though video surveillance of your neighbor's security camera in public areas is allowed without warning or consent, audio recording generally requires consent from at least one side in most states.

#2. The Footage of Neighbor's Security Cameras Overlooking Your Property is in Lawful Use

How your neighbor deals with the footage of his security camera pointed at your house, is another factor your need to consider.

As long as the recorded videos don't infringe on your privacy and are for lawful purpose only (like monitoring suspects or prevent package thefts at the front door), it is legal for your neighbor to point a security camera at your property in plain view.

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No, Your Neighbor Can't Legally Have Security Cameras Pointed at Your House If …

There are also exceptions in which your neighbor can't install security cameras aimed at your house.

#1. Your Neighbor's Security Cameras Point at Your House Where You Have Expectation of Privacy

Though your neighbor can record you on your property in plain sight, things are different for the places where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as your bathroom, bedroom, restrooms, locker rooms, changing/dressing rooms, etc.

According to the residence security camera laws, your neighbor might invite legal trouble in if he points security cameras at areas where you couldn't view without physically entering the premises.

Here is what the home security camera laws in California says:

Installation or use of any device for photographing, observing or overhearing events, or sounds, in a private place without permission of the people photographed or observed is against the law.

#2. The Videos of Your Neighbor's Security Cameras Are Misused

Worse yet, the perverted neighbors may point security cameras at your children's bedrooms to be a high-tech peeping Tom.

And some even post the video footage recording your activities on the social media.

Such wrongful application of home security cameras (like spying on you), without any doubt, is illegal and you can ask for the interference of law enforcement and claim harassment.

What to Do If Your Neighbor Has Security Cameras Pointed at Your House

Feel uncomfortable and nerve-wrecking about your neighbor's security camera pointed at your house/property?

Instead of using illegal ways to the jam the surveillance cameras, which would only make the matter become worse, below are some practical tips you can adopt after you find your neighbor recording you on your property.

The first golden rule is to talk with your neighbor, in a good manner.

Tell him/her how you feel about the security camera aimed at your house (they may be unaware of the fact) and ask with politeness if it is possible to adjust the viewing angle of the camera.

Another feasible way to block your neighbor's security cameras overlooking your property is to plant grown trees or fences as buffers, so as to blind the camera's field of view.

Put up Fences

In case that your neighbor's security camera pointed at your house has invaded your privacy and your talk also ends up in failure, the best solution, would be contacting the local police and contacting your attorney to file a lawsuit.

Editor's Tip: Check out more useful tips about how to block your neighbor's security cameras.

What to Look Out for If You Intend to Install Home Security Cameras Around Your Property

"Can I point my security camera at my neighbor's house?"

"Can I install CCTV on my property with bad neighbors?"

You should have got the answer after reading the above parts.

But to avoid possible disputes caused by your use of security cameras, here are some helpful tips you'd better keep in mind before installing your camera.

  • Stand in your neighbors' shoes and avoid pointing your security cameras at places where they have expectation of privacy.
  • Inform your neighbor of your use of security cameras and explain to them about your purpose to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Make sure the surveillance camera is installed properly.
  • Ensure the footage of your security cameras is for security purpose only and protect the videos from falling into the wrong hands.

Whether you have a neighbors' security camera pointed at your house in UK, Ireland, Scotland, California, Florida, Michigan or other places, the above information also applies for your situation.

And if you need any further help about your neighbor's security cameras pointed at your house, please feel free to leave your comment below and we'd love to help.

Resources:

①Quora: My neighbor has a security camera pointed directly at my front door. Is this legal or do I have the right to be annoyed?

②Reddit: Neighbors installed a security camera pointing into my garage. Anyone knows the laws around this?

③Daycare: Neighbors have surveillance camera pointed in my back yard, what should I do?

④Free advice: Neighbor has a security camera pointing at my daughter's window. Is this legal?

⑤City-Data Forum: My neighbor's security camera overlooking my property records everything of my backyard activities and I feel like I have no privacy at all. Any tips?

  • Cal McMican

    in the state of california, drones must be over 250 feet off the ground over private property

  • Jennifer Travers

    My neighbor thanks someone at my house through mud on his house he put a webcam camera in his bedroom window and aimed it only at my backyard he has no security cameras anywhere around his house just the one webcam camera and his window is that illegal because it damn sure is a violation of my privacy

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi, Jennifer, if your backyard is not visible from public areas, it can be a violation of your privacy for your neighbor to point security cameras at your property. You may communicate with your neighbor first in a friendly manner and ask him/her to reposition the webcam. If the talk ends up in failure, seek help from the local police or your attorney to resolve the issue. Hope this helps.

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  • jkm

    I move into housing from hurricane 1st time. violence is all i seen. 3 even put a knife gun to my nine year old. i told 2 neighbors i had one which watch her as she plays. which. but it capture some unusual thnging knows . hos so i went and got a nite vision one to prove how they violence us. everywhere we go in apt she follows she knows which room it all. they call cps on me and she believes them which all 4 is cousins then 3 more in other buildingpp the manager is family. i went to housing told them i want to move asap they said apt be ready after christmas they bust my windows came in house and tamper with alarm through wifi housing said let her get with security. what to look for.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi, there, did your security camera capture any videos that can serve as the evidence? If yes, you can hand in the footage to the local police and seek for their help.

      • Julia

        Hello everyone! My name is Julia. My neighbor, in small apartment , he's door right behind my door, in very short distance, installed video camera, that's really bother me, every time when I leave my place I feel really uncomfortable. And he is installing it when I move here, before was nothing. Is this legal to do that? What I can do to remove from him that camera? Thank you
        !

        • Jenny Hu

          Hi, Julia, if your neighbor's security camera is designed to capture a large area and happens to capture your doorway which is visible from public areas, I'm afraid it is legal for him to put up the security camera for security purpose. But you may talk with your neighbor to ask directly if your doorway is actually covered by his security camera and let him know how you feel about it.

  • Michelle Bennett

    We have a neighbor with a video camera pointed into our home where I sleep. They tell the police it is to monitor their boundary line and the police believe them. They threatened to go to my church and slander me falsely. I don't even speak with them. The camera is not pointed at their boundary but monitors our coming and going. We realized they can see us inside our home. What can I do?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi, Michelle, you may hang curtains in your bedroom so that your neighbor won't spy on you successfully. And if your neighbor still continues doing so, it is best to seek help from the local attorneys to protect your privacy. Hope this helps.

    • Anti

      Put a camera up pointing at them and let them know. see how that works..usually bullies dont like being confronted..

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Michelle, under most situations, pointing security cameras at neighbors' houses will bring about privacy issues. It is best to negotiate with the neighbor and get their permission before setting up a security camera. In this case, it is also suggested that the household seeks help from police and the local attorney. Hope this helps.

    • Anti

      LOL SEEK HELP from the POLICE are you NUTS...

  • Anti

    Oh good grief here we go with PC Perfect .. I'm Offended.

  • Jay Diesel

    I live in illinois and my neighbor has a camera pointed at my tenants daughters bedroom. There is about 15 feet apart.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi, Joshua, if the doorways of the other tenants are in plain sight and you cannot view inside their apartments, it is legal for you to install security cameras to monitor your apartment complex. Hope this clarifies.

  • Viscount Superscumbag

    My sloped back yard borders the side of my neighbor's house. I have a 6 ft. privacy fence, and have adjusted my eave-mount security cameras to get a full view of my back yard. My cameras capture some movement in both the front and back yard of my neighbor's house near my fence – usually just their heads. Is this acceptable in Florida or do I need to reposition my cameras so it only captures movement within my fence line, thus limiting the cameras’ full view of my yard?

    • Kristen Nations

      Why wouldn't you do that anyway? Why have it capture anything on their property?

      • Viscount Superscumbag

        If I tilt the camera angle up, I get a wider view of my property but also a small part of neighbor's yard. If I keep angle only at fence level, I get a smaller view of my yard that would necessitate more cameras for coverage. I have a shallow yet wide backyard.

  • Tawnya Gray

    I live in St Louis Mo my neighbor behind my house put cameras on the roof of there house one is pointed at my kitchen window do I have any rights.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello, Tawnya, according to the Missouri state law, a person may not use a security camera on private property to record or observe residents inside without their consent. But if they are not intended to do so, they will be allowed to put security cameras on their own property. So, you may communicate with your neighbor and ask them to redirect the security cameras without capturing your property. Hope this helps.

  • Her Duh

    My neighbor has camera pointed straight at my home.. I think it records my children's bedroom windows and the bathroom window. I am really uncomfortable with this.. what can I do?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello, there, to protect your own privacy, take pictures of that security camera from your home as concrete proofs. Don't forget to close the curtains of your children's bedrooms and cover the bathroom windows as well. Then you may confront your neighbor and ask him/her to take down the video camera. If he/she refuses to do so, call the police and seek legal advice from local attorneys. Hope this helps.

  • Michele De Marco Hoover

    My neighbor has 3 cameras in his yard. They are all pointed towards my back door and yard. They are not attached to their house, not sure what type of cameras they are. Is this legal and should I go to the police? I am anxious! We are a farming community and I have outside animals. He is annoyed with my Tom Turkey. He called the board of health. Thay came today and said everything looks good for me. She told them about this being a farming community. He came over one day yelling and threatening my animals. First he complained about my rooster, so I sold him. Now my Turkey. Which I told him I wasn't getting rid of.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello, Michele, it is unacceptable and unlawful for your neighbor to set up security cameras that are only pointed to your property. Before contacting the police, you may take some pictures of those cameras as proofs. You may also search local laws on video surveillance and learn about the punishment if anyone goes against that law. Talk to your neighbor about the local regulations and ask him to take down or redirect those 3 cameras. If this won't work, go to the police with the proofs that you've collected or consult local attorney for legal advice.

  • Emalie Martinez Lambert

    I have a security camera pointed at the parking lot where all the cars, including mine, are parked. The neighbors are upset because they say I am filming their children. Their children are either at school or at their home, not the parking lot and the camera is for security purposes.

    • DiddlyD

      If one of their kids were abducted they would be running to you to see the video of the events to find the abductor to hopefully find their child. You might mention that to them when they give you a hard time and see their reaction.

  • Olivia

    Hello, John, it is illegal for your neighbors living across the street from me to set up a security camera and point it to your driveway and garage. You may demand them to redirect the security camera since they are monitoring your property without your consent. If they refuse to do so, consult local attorneys and take further legal actions. Hope this helps.

  • RL K

    Our neighbor has multiple video cameras that he moves around from time to time. I've had them shooting into my kitchen window, my living room and I suspect upstairs bathroom – as well as our driveway and back yard. He does it to irritate us, we try and ignore these people but they're awful. The cameras now are right near the property line so he's not even looking at his own property but just ours. Is this illegal in NH?

  • Peeta

    Our neighbor has multiple video cameras that he moves around from time
    to time. I've had them shooting into my kitchen window, my living room
    and I suspect upstairs bathroom – as well as our driveway and back yard.
    He does it to irritate us, we try and ignore these people but they're
    awful. The cameras now are right near the property line so he's not even
    looking at his own property but just ours. Is this legal in NH?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello, there, it is acceptable for your neighbors to set up security cameras at anywhere within his property and monitor his own home. However, if such cameras are pointed to your house on purpose, it would be illegal. Communicate with your neighbor and ask him to redirect the security cameras. If he refuses to do so, contact local police or attorneys for further assistance. Hope this helps.

      • Ran

        Thank you for your response – communication with these people is not
        an option, if we stepped on their property to try to talk w them they'd
        call the police (he is police), or seriously, possibly shoot – they're very entitled and obsessed with us. Thank you for
        letting me know it is at least illegal, I have documented a few of his
        camera placements and will continue to do so and just get a lawyer and
        see what happens. He's a digital peeping tom creep!

  • jane don

    where I used to live in a single story bungalow—with neighbors in two story houses–of course4 they could see in uncovered widows back yard ect–& of course no laws against starring all day-why would cameras be any different–

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    • Linda Elliott

      My neighbor has 5 cameras pointed into my yards and bedrooms. Audio video recording in Richland Washington, the police and Judge stated he may do so. The police said microphones maybe used to listen and the judges allow the cameras. Oh yeah it would take a 30' concrete wall to block him. RE Agent and rental property won't take the property. Yes I have spent $25,000 on attorneys to protect my self, single lady. I highly recommend this city to all men who like to spy on ladies.
      My attorney suggested I give my home back to the bank and walk away.

      • Guy Beck

        Buy a number of Leyland Cypress trees or similar , they are evergreens which will grow very fast, wide and tall thus giving you year round privacy and blocking cameras (no matter how high they are).

      • Christopher Larson

        Aim bright spotlights or infrared lasers at the cameras to overwhelm their CCDs and blind them.

        • Linda Elliott

          I put a small shop light on my porch and they filed a restraining order against me. To prevent audio I had a tiny am radio, they filled criminal charges for harrassment. They are 60' away. The arborvitae would have to be 40' tall and to clear the cameras and they still have one pointed in to my garage. Each time I open the garage door they come out and stare at me audio taping private conversations. Friday as I was leaving for work driving down my driveway she backed her car into my drivers side door and said zI ran into her.

      • Broken

        I have a neighbor that has had 7 all in my backyard, Called the police they said they can not do anything..So after 2 years I pointed one in his. I got arrested.. Oh my neighbor is a cop.

        • Robert

          Yeah, my neighbor filed for damages with his spy cameras. I hate these F—ing things, and the laws need to change and useless cops need to start doing their jobs in protecting people's rights to privacy.y scam artist neighbor used the cameras to try and sue me for money. What is thie F—ing country becoming far beyond 1984

        • maggie

          so shitty, I'm sorry then they wonder why we want to reform. cops don't prevent crime, they barely even respond to it, they just beat up suspects without even confirming they're the perpetrators being sough.

    • maggie

      neighbors with camera can look out their window into your backyard without having to be at their windows, so you can't wave back; they can watch you while they're on vacation because they're weirdos; they can archive this footage in a location that is deemed secured by a company we're supposed to trust because they tell us they're trustworthy. it's very very very different from a neighbor peeking in from an upstairs window because they can be voyeurs remotely, without being observed as voyeurs. it's sketchy. if you don't trust your neighborhood so much taht you have to set up multiple cameras, you should work to better your community.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello, Phillip, in Wisconsin, one is only allowed to put security cameras towards his/her own property and public areas like a sidewalk in front of the house. You may negotiate with your neighbor and ask him to redirect the security camera and avoid capturing your property. Hope this helps.

  • Venu

    Buy a slingshot catapult. Whack the drone out of the sky. Stay out of the filming range and whack the camera lens with small pebbles. Or squirt some paint of the cam lens. Problem solved.

  • Venu

    Or get an air gun , if it's legal, and pop the lens after dark

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello, Meika, most states have passed laws to limit the height of artificial fences in residential areas. So, to avoid any legal issues, it is best to read local ordinances on fencing before building one to block your neighbors’ cameras. Hope this helps.

  • Stephen Whittaker

    I have neighbors who throw cigarette butts over their fence into my yard. I've asked multiple times for them to stop as I have a toddler who would find and put in her mouth. Police have told me I need to get cameras installed and catch them doing it for proof. How much of their property can I include in my screen? If I only have my yard I won't capture the person throwing them. I live in GA. Thanks

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Stephen, there are no such laws in GA regarding how much the neighbor's property that you can include in your screen. You may install a security camera at the front door and point it to your yard and fence as well. For more legal advice, it is best to consult local attorneys. Hope this helps.

  • Angela williams

    Is it illegal to point security cametas at your neighbours property

  • Angela williams

    Can my neighbour point hes security camera on my property

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Angela, we have analyzed and answered these two questions in Part 1 and Part 2 of this post and you may find explicit answers there. 🙂

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Connie, there are no such laws prohibiting individuals to monitor public areas where people don't enjoy an expectation of privacy. So, it would be totally fine to put up a security camera at the end of your driveway to record traffic. In terms of the two porch security cameras, to avoid any privacy dispute, it is best to point them to your yard only. Hope this helps.

  • Lynda Woodburn

    Hi I have a question please. My neighbours have been deliberately damaging my fence and the back of my spa house (from their side) and I need to provide evidence of this in order to bring a case of wilful damage against them – is it legal for me to have a camera above the fence pointing down onto both sides so I can record it if they do it again?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi Lynda, to avoid any privacy issues, it is best not to install a camera above the fence pointing down both sides. Instead, you may set up a camera at the closet wall to the fence and point it to the fence as well. So, you can record the neighbours damaging your fence without intruding on their privacy. Hope this helps.

      • Rita Skaza

        But if you can't see through the fence to observe what they are doing to the other side of it, how is that possible?

  • Derrick Dillinger

    My neighbor has a camera pointing to my pool area.is he able to legally do that

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Derrick, if your pool is not a public area, then it is illegal for your neighbor to point his camera to your own property. You may communicate with him and ask him to redirect the camera. If this won't help, it is best to contact the local police and attorney for further assistance.

    • Linda Elliott

      In Richland Washington he can watch you on your toilet.

  • Leah

    My neighbor that faces my front door had her camera about knee height and it is only facing my windows and my front sitting area. It's not capturing anything on her property. I have asked her to move it because originally it was point solely at my front door (or apartments face each other) she moved it about 10 feet over so instead of just my front door its pointed at my windows. My landlord said he cant do anything about it. I wouldn't care if it was up high and capturing her front area and mine but it only captures my front area. (She had it in a flower pot about knee high)

    • Burn Hard Liu

      Leah, I agree 100%. We have a similar issue of a crazy neighbor pointing her camera directly at our back yard/windows. We have been ignoring it but it is not a good feeling. What are your plans going forward?

  • Tam rock

    I have a neighbor living in a 6 apartment complex in Calif. that has a small parking lot just on the other side of a shared back fence. The 70 y. o. man (a tenant) living there is in the back lot daily running power tools not inside a garage or shop, but out in the open lot, in my opinion entertaining himself. I've observed him cutting up a metal coke cabinet with a power saw and tossing in the dumpster to dismantling toddler toys with power tools and dispose of them. He's been doing this nearly on a daily basis for 4 years now. I spoke to him about it 2 years ago and recently his wife at the store to no avail. The owner won't do anything about it. I'm so frazzled from it as I can hear it loudly inside my home, I started videotaping with my phone for at least 3 months now from different points of view. Can I record him over the top of the fence to prove he is occupying his time and not doing it to profit. Does he have an expectation of privacy? This is effecting my health.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi Tam, if your neighbor runs power tools at the public and shared area in the apartment complex, then he may not enjoy an expectation of privacy over there. Generally speaking, it is legal to set up a camera and face it to the public area. However, to avoid any privacy issues, it is best to consult local attorney. Hope this helps.

  • Lee

    Thanks for the overview. It's become a major discussion for both home owners and those within the world as well. Security cameras and now drones! One Ohio court has held that an invasion of privacy cannot occur in the common elements of a condominium property, because residents do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy while in the common elements. At least its a start!

  • Carlos Linares

    I installed a cctv camera aiming my front yard and captures my across the street neighbor's drive way and front door. My intention is to monitor their dog that uses my front yard as his toilet. I wanted to have a recorded proof of this disgusting dog's habit. Is this illegal or against any law in Houston Texas?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi Carlos, it is really a nightmare to have a neighbor's dog damaging your front yard. However, to avoid any privacy disputes, it is best to face your security camera to your property and the public area only. Hope this would help.

  • Saxo Grammaticus

    I would think that if Google Earth can see it and show it then anyone should be able to do the same. So if you take a picture or make a video of someone in their back yard or in their house then that would probably be illegal, but if no one is there no problem. Google Earth street view is full of pictures of peoples homes just not those inside.

  • Kyley Parks

    Ok I have a question?? I live in housing , I have neighbors that cause alot of drama and now have involved me and pointing adio cameras towards my house .. I feel violated as well as my privacy is being intruded .. I can not plant trees and its housing the cameras are outside and we live in units .. they all point towards my house as well as others withought our permission what do I do do I have a right to call the police and have them taken down.. they are only up so they can invade mine and others privacy..

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Kyley, it is best to take photos or record videos as evidence showing that your neighbors are pointing their cameras to your property. Also note that it would be acceptable for your neighbors to face the cameras to the public areas. You may ask your neighbors to redirect the cameras. If they refuse to do so, you'd better contact the police or an attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Pee Oui

    Hi Jenny, I am sitting on my front porch which I had to cover with fabric to block my neighbors from recording me with their cell phones (California). I have caught them recording us while talking on our phones and yesterday while I was simply sitting on my front porch he started recording me with no excuse. Is it legal for anyone in California to record someone on their own porch while they are hidden behind a screen?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Pee, it is illegal for one to record audio without consent from two parties in California. In your case, it is best to collect evidence that your neighbor is recording you secretly and ask the local police or a local attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    next door neighbor lives at the beginning of a circle caldisack. at the middle of the circle street he has a camera aiming down the street it views my whole front yard and my company who may stop by. He has a camera aiming on his side yard which he views my whole side of home. IS NOT A BACKYARD PRIVATE? WE SUN BATHE NAKED IN BACK AND HE HAS CAMERA VIEWING OUR HOUSE IN THE BACK.
    HE PEEPS THROUGH THE FENCE ALL THE TIME. MY PRIVATE LIFE IS MINE NOT HIS . HE IS GOING TO HAVE BIG PROBLEMS IF HE DONT MOVE THEM .WE have a private ome I help care for my Parents 90 yrs old. WE NEVER TALK TO HIM AND HE GOSSIPS ABOUT US TO OTHE R NEIGHBORS. HE WATCHS EVERYTHING I DO. WE ARE HOMEOWNER 40 YRS HE IS A RENTER 2 YRS. TIME TO RREPORT HIM AND LAWYER

  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    IS IT AGAINST OUR LAW FOR HIM TO PEEP though cracks in the fence and watch us in our backyard or family room, i've we've caught them many times

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Kevin, we are sorry for your experience. It would only be acceptable for your neighbor to monitor his own properties and the pubic area with security cameras. If you don't prefer to confront him in person, it is best to collect some evidence and call the police for further assistance. Hope this helps.

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  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    all night long when I do night shift to be awake for my Parents, everytime I go in back they come outside too in their backyard, their slider door sqeeks. haha, what are they on? 10 times a night I have it all logged in my book. weirdo's! scary! BOO!

    • Logged it into your book? OMG! Who is watching who?

  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    THEY call the police on me early summer for blowing leafs on their driveway.....wacko's!

    • There are laws against dumping your yard waste into someone else's yard. It does get quite annoying after you have cleaned your yard or have paid someone else to do it. So don't do it.

  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    maybe there needs to be a burning cross on his front yard? I was told he wanted one for Halloween. trippy dude!

  • KEVIN ALESSANDRI

    creepy feeling sitting in our Family room, bedroom, back yard,,,,, what should I do? Any advice much appreciated!

  • gary

    I have a neighbor in Ohio that has pointed a camera right at my front door and bedroom there is no parking space there and they have about 3 feet of lawn there is this legal?
    p.s. I have had many problems that I have called the law on them already

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Gary, it is acceptable for your neighbor to monitor his property and the public area with security cameras. You may take some pictures from your front door and bedroom as evidence first and ask your neighbor to redirect the camera. If he/she refuses to do so, it is best to contact the police or the attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • J Grey

    I live in NJ own a condo. My front door is near my neighbor's front door. I would like to install a doorbell and out door camera for my front door and garage. My neighbor object's and states its invasion of privacy. I have done my research and it doesn't seem to be the case. I just want to know what it happening to my missing packages and also to protect my family.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi Jane, it is only acceptable and legal for your neighbor to put up a camera to monitor his/her own property or the public areas. You may take some pictures as evidence and consult local police or attorney for further assistance. Note that in some states like New York, residences are allowed to sue over unwelcome outdoor cameras. Hope this helps.

  • Lisa Marie Orlando

    Hi everyone I live in Staten Island New York city I am living in a four family private house I am renting with my mother who is 68 years old and my 10-year-old son I am on the first floor and right across from me on the first floor is the supers apartment that is super they take care of the garbage and they report everything back to the landlord I believe they have a ring camera and definitely audio all my conversations that I have outside while I'm smoking they report everything I do and say to the landlord the camera I believe might be in the P Cole and the doorbell is outside with the audio and it's watching not only me but the other two families that live here and the super is trying to get me in trouble for talking outside which I feel very intruding I feel like they're invading my privacy I don't know how to tell them to position the doorbell in another direction help what do I do ?? How to talk to the super they are not nice people. They talk bad about me to all the other neighbors and I'm not doing anything illegal the only thing I do is drink my coffee and smoke my cigarettes outside away from the doorway I think it's me jealousy I just thinks that the super who happens to be a female with her husband there that she is intimidated by me I'm here to live and raise my son and take care of my mom I'm respectful and old-fashioned to every how do I confront them. There starting trouble sending my Audio recordings to the landlord about me saying I'm so FFF sick of your annoying camera etc

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Lisa, it is illegal in NYC to record audio or in-person conversation unless one party to the conversation consents. You may take a closer look at your lease agreement and see if there are any clauses addressing the usage of security cameras with audio in the apartment.
      If not, you may ask the supers to post a proper notice on the cameras or disable the audio recording feature. Also, it would be best to consult the local police or attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Barbara, it would be only acceptable for your neighbor to set up a camera and monitor his own property and the public areas. To confirm if it is legal, you'd better consult the local police or attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Janet James

    Tenant in the basement ( Queens – NY) bought a new vehicle which is usually parked on the street outside of my front door.
    Recently I realized that hidden cameras have been installed on the vehicle. I notice that when I am on the steps of my front door I am been recorded.I also realize that walking past the vehicle into my driveway I am been recorded. I have not granted permission to the owner of the vehicle to do any recording of my property.Is this legal?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi Janet, you may check out the lease agreement first and see if there are any clauses stating the usage of security cameras in the property. If not, it is best to communicate with the tenant on that hidden camera issue. To see if it is legal for the tenant to do so, you'd better consult the local police or attorney. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny, We installed Security Cameras to watch our
    boundaries. However people have to realize the cameras only reach a certain angle and a certain range. My advice to everyone is to talk to your neighbor when installing them. Or if you have questions ask. Our cameras cannot see into our neighbors homes. Their front yard gets blurry but ours is quite clear. Just because a camera is up doesn't mean it reaches your home. Ask to see the video coverage if you can. I even went to the neighbor that is giving the community a problem and told them why the cameras were going up. It was only fair warning to stay off our property or be charged.

    • Jenny Hu

      Thank you for sharing your ideas, Karen. It is a good idea to talk to your neighbors when installing the security cameras so as to avoid any further disputes. 🙂

  • dan tomarchio

    where I live now my neighbor installed atelephone pole 10 ft off the property line in front of my house with a tilt pan zoom on the pole.he applied for a permit for a light and when it was permitted and inspected put the said camera on it. we called the police because we saw that it was pointed at front of our house and the police said there is nothing they can do unless I find out that this clown is posting us on internet.i called my township and went to a council meeting where I was told the same thing....he saw I called police and was informed by a corrupt politician in my township that I went there for help and then raised the camera up on top of pole so he can also see over my house.....he also wants to put one behind our pool and back door and a third one In the woods behind my garage that im in a battle with the township over and had to hire a lawyer.....did I mention that this neighbor lives a acre away from this property line....shaking my head about having no rights in communist jersey

  • Tiffiny Wells

    I live in a condo that is attached to two others, in our particular building. I have noticed lately, that when I leave or enter my garage, in the evenings at dusk, my next door neighbor's garage door light, on my side shuts off and comes back on. This only happens with my car or my garage door opening or closing This neighbor has bilateral lights on the outside of their garage, but only the light on my side gets activated. I have tried to activate the light by just walking by the light, even waving my hands at the light, and nothing happens. I think it is either detecting my garage door opening and closing or movement of my car. Any thoughts?

  • Lisa Ann Woodward-Taylor

    What's the law in Florida for the use of security surveillance camera's by a convicted sex offender?? My neighbor is a sex offender an has surveillance camera pointed at my home, what can be done??

    • Hello Lisa, under Florida law, security cameras are acceptable if they are not placed in any private places, including bathroom and changing room. In your case, it is best to consult local police or attorney and ask them for further help.

      • Lisa Ann Woodward-Taylor

        Thank you so much, I will do just that.

  • BS Buster

    The way I look at this subject, IF a neighbor never trespasses or damages any property of a Camera owner, said neighbor should have no objections to the installation of the same by any other neighbor.

    To deny a property owner the right to protect and prevent crime on their land with such installations should be held as ”suspect”, IMO.

  • MyOpinion

    I live in the country down a long driveway. I have easement rights on my neighbors property down my long driveway because that's the only access to my property. The front of my property meets up to the back of the neighbors property. You absolutely can not view my property from the road. I have had issues with the neighbors from day one. They have held us a gun point twice for us just walking down the driveway to get home. Now the neighbors have put up 2 or 3 trail cams right on the property line aimed straight at my house & my daughters bedroom window. The camera's record only about 3 feet of his property. Is this legal? I live in Ohio by the way.

    • Hi there, according to the video surveillance laws in Ohio, it is legal to set up security cameras as long as one party consents to the surveillance. In your case, you'd better consult local police or attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Loza Felipe

    My neighbor put 3 cámaras by his front door one facing down the front door, the other two are facing the sidewalk and street. The ones nest to the front door they are on the side of the house facing the sidewalk and the street his yard is like 30 long, and the one in the back yard is facing the sidewalk and the street I walk my dogs at 4 am and the one in the back yard get red so they all are infrared his back yard is about 20 feet long and the cámaras are way Haight all his taping is the sidewalk and the street and bug the hell of of me can I do something about it, I live in Sacramento, California

    • Hello Loza, according to the California law, it is acceptale for your neighbor to set up security cameras around his/her property. You may communicate with your neighbor and negotiate more details about the cameras. Hope this helps.

    • HZ

      Stop doing illegal stuff like not picking up after your dog and you have nothing to worry about.

      • Mike Bussy

        LOL

    • Tom Wallace

      Why do the cameras bug you?

      • maggie

        It's an invasion of privacy. When did we get so comfortable giving up our privacy to our assuage our neighbors’ fears. I'm a law-abiding citizen, pick up other's trash, volunteer in the community, but I don't want to be filmed by every house as I walk my dogs. ”those who would give up freedom for a little safety deserve neither.” We thought it would be Big Brother that spied on us, but instead it's our neighbors willingly giving information to companies with no oversight.

        • jim lewis

          You are funny, you are complaining about the cameras you can see. You need to be worried about the cameras you don't see. How many times a day are you recorded?

        • Kavita Prasad

          This can save someone's life and someone's child! 🙂

        • sculligan

          There is no expectation of privacy in public.

        • Jeanie Stester

          When you go to the gas station, you are on camera. When you go shopping, you're on camera. When you are out walking your dogs, you are out in public. Anyone can see you and can photograph you with a digital camera, cell phone or security cameras. Photography is protected on the First Amendment.

        • Laura

          Then again, you might feel different if you were assaulted and one of those cameras caught the incident and led to the arrest of the assailant who caused you harm. People have the right to protect their property but they can't do certain things like the article outlines.

  • Larry

    I'm living in a townhouse Directly beside my neighbor, we share a wall. They set up a security camera so that every time we step out into the backyard the cameras will set a alarm to ring and it is very loud and obnoxious. The security camera is clearly pointed at our backyard. They can't even see their backyard from that camera. What do I do?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Larry, you may take some photos of the camera and keep them as evidence first. Then, check local laws addressing surveillance cameras and see if it is legal to set up cameras to monitor other's property. Also, it is best to consult the local police or attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Angie

    My neighbor has put a camera at my front door along with two that come directly into my bedroom. She can also hear us talk and talks to my youngest son. Oh coarse the town cop is her bbf so i am not sure how to handle this. I want to get footage of
    her doing all this and then take her to court. What are my steps?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Angie, it is illegal for your neighbor to set up cameras towards your bedroom and other places including bathrooms, changing rooms and places indicating intimate activities. Please take some photos of the cameras installed by your neighbor as evidence and contact a local attorney for further assistance. Hope this would help.

  • Deborah Pegram

    I just discovered my neighbor has a security camera pointed directly at my home. I feel violated, and very upset. This person, has them down at his shop to, but now they are up at his front door pointing directly at my yard and can see when we walk out of the front door. This person is the property owner my residence is on, but I feel violated, he should have told me he was going to put up a camera how to I approach him about this matter.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Deborah, we are sorry for your experience. However, it would be acceptable and legal for the property owner to set up security cameras over public areas. If you feel uncomfortable with the cameras, ask him to give proper notice on the cameras and redirect the camera. Learn more useful tips here, https://reolink.com/legality-reason-for-security-cameras-in-rental-property/. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi Jennie, it would not be acceptable for your neighbor to set up cameras to monitor your house and places with intimate activities like the bedroom and bathroom. You may take some pictures as evidence and contact local police or attorney for help. Hope this would help.

    • oiwqej

      TERRIBLE BAD ADVICE WARNING: It's a felony for you to take photographs of the
      cameras if the cameras are your neighbors property on their property and
      they don't belong to you.

      • Jenny Hu

        Hi there, thank you for pointing this out. We would suggest readers check out local laws on videotaping and photography on private property before doing so. Or they may seek help from the police or attorney. Hope this clarfies.

  • Carby Carbajal

    FYI.....There is ZERO expectation of privacy once you step outside of you home. I hope most of you understand this. Which means, the moment you step outside your home, you lose that privacy.

    People put up camera's for a number of reason's, mostly for the protection of the their life and property.
    The following information is straight from the 4th Amendment;

    Even in places and in items where there is generally a reasonable expectation of privacy, exceptions exist. For example, even within one's home or property, the "open-field" doctrine provides that if something on a person's property is easily visible to the public without the need to be physically on the property (e.g., from the air from the street) then there is no expectation of privacy. For example, the police can use photos taken by police helicopters above one's property of items that are visible from the air.

    FYI, Before you contact local Law Enforcement you should know, they only enforce city & state local laws. The will tell you its a civil matter and take your neighbor to court. You all know attorney's will be glad to take your monies and file any type of law suit, that's what they do all day.

    A suggestion would be a privacy fence, plant trees or shrubs and try not to ever fight with your neighbors, it can be very costly and you both end up unhappy.

    On another note like Drones, you own only 88 ft above your homes or property. Everything above that is fair game, until you get to 400 ft.

    You learn these things by finding out the hard way......

    • maggie

      Yes – zero privacy once you step outside. I also have an expectation that if I'm in my backyard and my neighbors wanna look down from their second story next door, I can wave back, but with cameras, they can check in on me remotely – it's very much not the same thing.

  • Danette Peters

    I specifically don't have any issues with anyone putting up surveillance cameras for protection & security purposes. But, when they b spying on me, & sharing with other people what time , I come & go from home, what time, I go to work, when I'm going food shopping, if, I & my other family member's are the only ones that reside in the house & our hours of coming & going. And, they may recognize us by seeing what color clothes we have on ,& our hairstyles. That's spying , casting our home & stocking. That doesn't have any thing to do with security, nor protection. They always know's when we come in & out of our home so they in & out of their home at the same exact times, that we are coming in & out of our home. They pull up & off at the same time we are coming in and out of our home. To make it appear , it's a consequence that we run into each other every day at the same exact time. The people whom owns a car shop watches their recording & monitor's us on a daily basis. And tells neighbors & everyone they communicate with our business. As if they are setting us up & setting our house up to be robbed. We could get raped or murdered. No one would never know. It can end up being a clean hit , clean getaway. Because no one would ever expect such a thing. because he plays this Mr. Nice guy role. My mom & I are both senior citizens. Easy targets for the two 23 year old & the guy that owns the car shop. And, for many other people that he & other males are telling. It will b difficult to pin point who have a motive & for what reasons ? Spying, casting out some one else home & stocking some one should b a felony.

    • Tom Wallace

      This whole story sounds very paranoid. I can see a lot of my neighbors coming/going with security cameras as well, but I've never cared to monitor that. I only review footage when something happens. I don't come home and think ”let's see what all my neighbors have been up to today”. I don't have the time or desire to do that.

      A few months ago I got good footage of a guy who stole a truck from a neighboring construction site, and shared that with police. The truck was later recovered, but I don't know if the thief was caught. I've also looked back at footage after coyotes or other wildlife trip motion detectors, so I can see where they came from and went to. Once I was able to capture footage from when a drunk driver passed out while driving and rolled his car (slowly, thankfully) into my neighbor's car across the street.

      Like I said, my cameras can see parts of neighbor's front yards, but the cameras primary focus is my own yard. Most of my cameras are relatively wide angle, which means things close to the camera (my property) have good detail, but things far away (neighbor's yards) are blurry and show much less detail. I imagine it may be the same with your neighbor.

      • Danette Peters

        Hi, I don't know u. I'm glad, I don't, 4 u 2 say what u think definitely does not make the truth a lie. It may sound paranoid but it doesn't make the truth not a truth. Right, I can c the same thing u c, neighbors & strangers, coming & going. I mind's my own business as well . I assure u , I could care less about monitoring anyone 'a business. I have my camera for protection purposes only. I believe u only wrote that for attention purposes only. I never asked u 4 your opinion, thank God, I did not. If, u aren't giving any suggestions to help out. U really should mind your business, am& keep your opinions 2 your self. Not look 4 attention just 4 laugh. Make sure what u write is the truth & your not making that up 4 attention & 4 laughs. It may not b your truth, but it's definitely my truth.

      • Danette Peters

        U don't know my neighbors, some neighborhoods have toxic people living in the neighborhood. I could care less one way or the other what other people do with their lives, just as long as they don't try to make their issue's my issue's. I didn't ask u 4 your opinion. Apparently u act like u live in never land. All the neighbors r huckleberry. What u wrote, I can say what u said, sounds paranoid 2 me as well. But, that's not 4 me 2 say. I wasn't there. I don't know. U don't know these neighbors. They r definitely nosy, jealous, toxic & obnoxious & obsessive. I been through a lot of toxic messiness with these nosy, jealous, toxic , obsessive people 4 almost nineteen years & been 2 court regarding them & their ignorance. So what u don't know. U don't know. That's like if, your mother, sister or or whom ever in your family member's, or close friends say, some one is stocking them, or some one is trying 2 rape them, & the police tells them . It sounds paranoid, b cause their circumstances is totally different from someone else logics, or circumstances. I pray u aren't a judge.

      • Danette Peters

        If, u don't know how 2 give constructive advice, keep your opinions 2 your self. Where u reside, all you've talked about is theft, could that b u r paranoid, just wanting 2 b notice ? We aren't on Disqus 2 b attacking each other & nor 2 call anyone a liar. But 2 give constructive advice 2 b of a positive influence. Not looking 2 attention 4 laugh. So some one can c your face & your name on Disqus. Don't call anyone liars, or paranoid, unless u specifically know the truth. Not speculate what it appears 2 u. U definitely need 2 check what u say & how u say it. Your opinion is your opinion, just that, an opinion without fact & truth. Have a great day.

  • Mark Hawkins

    we have a weardo neighbor who has camras pointed at our house, but he also has a masterbation station set up in a weed patch in his back yard. i am going to photograph it tommarow

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi Debby, generally, the board doesn't have the authority to stop owners installing security cameras inside the unit that capture activities outside the home. In your case, you'd better communicate with other board members and consult the local attorney for more legal advice. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi there, generally speaking, it is unacceptable and illegal for your neighbor to point a security camera towards your bedroom since your bedroom is an intimate area. So, you may take some pictures of that camera as evidence and take legal action against your neighbor. Hope this helps.

    • oiwqej

      BAD ADVICE WARNING: It's a felony for you to take photographs of the
      cameras if the cameras are your neighbors property on their property and
      they don't belong to you.

  • Anxietous

    People in general don't randomly curse and yell at dogs, unless the dog barking is the problem. Barking dogs can make the calmest individual totally insane. If this is 4 feet away from his porch, he probably can't sit outside without being barked at. It doesn't matter if the dog is inside – they can bark up to 90db. You might consider containing the dog and see if the problem goes away.

  • Kimberly Leary-Gilchrist

    I leave in Maryland. My nieghbor has a camera that triggers on motion. She has been sending me video any time my dog crosses the shared peace of grass our homes share. Also, any time I take out my trash or walk to the left if my driveway, her cameras record. Thus is a complete invasion if my privacy. I am sick of the harrasment of the text messages. I plan to call police and file a petition in the court. Yes, I'm a paralegal.

    • Mary Sammut

      Block her from your phone and she cannot send you any more messages.

  • S Elizabeth C

    Question... we have a very nasty neighbor across the street form us in a duplex.. Well she put up https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5ad0886f72712fc2a56d34ef65039d57e08943594f844d5813cd920abe1edc8.jpg a camera that is directly pointed into our living room. She can see the whole room even with us being upstair in an apartment. IS this legal?????? Her camera views inside our home and we feel very uncomfortable. We to installed cameras but they can't see in her home because of the balcony.

    • S Elizabeth C

      we're in California btw

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Elizabeth, it is legal for your neighbor to set up a security camera to monitor his/her own property. However, it may not apply to your home since you have a reasonable amount of privacy at your home. To solve this case, it is best to consult local neighborhood watch or attorneys. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Joanna, it is illegal in California to record private conversations without the consent of all parties to the conversation. You may talk to your neighbor and ask her to disable the audio recording on her camera. It is also a good solution to consult local police or attorneys. Hope this helps.

  • Boyie Sawbo

    I have a share parking spots with my 2 neighbours, parked spots are clearly marked. I don't get along with one my neighbour. I came home today to see they installed a security camera in the shared parking area without our knowledge. Are they allow to install camera because I don't want to be recored when I go in and out of my car.

  • Sandy Ford

    Okay i have a neighbor we are both two stories up his bedroom window is angled from mine but he keeps throwing lit cigarette 🚬 butts into our gutter where they can literally smother dry leaves and stuff, and he aims it right at it (handfuls comedown when it rains) I put a motion camera in my bedroom window to catch him because the police said its our word against his now you can't see in his room only when he opens the window smokes and throws it, is that legal ? I live in Illinois? And would love to call the cops on this mf.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Sandy, it can be unlawful to point a security camera to your neighbor's bedroom directly since people enjoys a reasonable expectation of privacy on their own residence. You may consult the local police or attorney for further assistance. Hope this helps.

  • Mike

    My pain in the butt neighbor recently installed cameras on the side of his house, one pointing to my back yard and the other facing my bedroom windows. Our houses are only 8/9 feet apart so the cameras could see right into the bedrooms. How is that legal? Cops stated they could point their camera wherever they want until I could prove it's looking into the rooms. How in the world can I prove that? I have no access to their cameras.

  • Salena Baker

    My neighbor installed a camera on the top of his house pointing into our back yard, over our 6ft privacy dense. He has it pointed directly at our pool. He use to always come sit on his deck and creepily watch us swim, now he is doing so from
    the comfort of his home with his camera. Do you know if this this legal in MI?

    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Salena, it is illegal for a person in Michigan to set up cameras in any private place, without the consent of the person or persons entitled to privacy in that place to observe, record, or eavesdrop upon the sounds or events in that place. You'd better contact the local police or attorney for help.

  • Cyndie Corbin Van Bavel
    • Jenny Hu

      Hello Cyndie, it is illegal to record a private conversation without one-party's consent in NJ. You may ask your neighbor to redirect their camera and consult local police or attorney for more advice. Hope this helps.

  • jim lewis

    I have a camera near my side basement stairs. Last night at 4:00 AM my neighbor decides to walk over to my house and disable my camera. I have had a camera on this side of the house for 8 years now and just https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52806848c60d618737377e82fb574a3d7aa05be88fad757b23a9eec3a19fe810.jpg recently they just discovered it.

    • Charge your neighbour with trespass. You have the video evidence.

    • Fellow Deplorable

      He can't touch your property like that.

  • Sallie Ann

    I live in Ohio. My neighbor put up a security camera that faces my home...points at my front door and into my livingroom window, and my bedroom window. I need to know the laws regarding this. I feel this is an invasion of my privacy and done as a spiteful measure by him. I have experienced numerous vandalism to my home and vehicles and do not have any cameras installed just security lights over my driveway.

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi, Sallie Ann. It is illegal in Ohio for your neighbor to set up cameras toward intimate areas like your living room and bedroom. You may ask your neighbor to redirect their camera and consult local police or attorney for more advice. Hope this helps.

      • Sallie Ann

        Thank you. I looked high and low for such a law. Many thanks!!!! And I do have pics of his actions. I will contact the landlord and the police.

  • Jeanie Stester

    The majority of home security cameras do not have telephoto lens on them that can zoom in through your bedroom window, so you're going to look foolish if you call the police because your neighbor is doing nothing illegal. It doesn't matter if the cameras, at least from your perspective are pointing at your house. Anyone can stand in the street with a hand held camera and photograph your house as well. That's perfectly legal. News photo journalists do that all the time. You idea of privacy is not what the law is saying.. There is no expectation of privacy in public. Your house can be seen from the road. If a photo is taken in an area where a person can be expected to be in a state of undress, such as a locker room, fitting room, restroom, bedroom etc, then those areas are illegal. For it to be a criminal act, someone would have to come up to your window (trespass) and shoot a photo through of you inside your bedroom. If you are standing outside your home, you can be photographed by video, cell phone or digital camera because you are out in public.

    • Anyone can stand in the street with a hand held camera and photograph your house as well. That's perfectly legal.

      It legal to photography the house. It's illegal to photograph where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Are you suggesting it's unreasonable to expect privacy inside your home?

      • Fellow Deplorable

        He adressed that in his post.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi there, it may not be illegal for your neighbor to point a security camera to your property. You'd better check out local video surveillance law or consult a local attorney for more info. Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi Tam, it is unacceptable and illegal for your neighbor to point their camera to your property. You'd better take some photos of that security camera and drone as evidence and call local police or attorney for help.

    • oiwqej

      EXTREME BAD ADVICE WARNING: It's a felony for you to take photographs of the
      cameras if the cameras are your neighbors property on their property and
      they don't belong to you.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Mae, it can be illegal for your neighbor to point a security camera to your property. You'd better take some photos as evidence and contact local police or attorney for help.

    • oiwqej

      BAD ADVICE WARNING: It's a felony for you to take photographs of the cameras if the cameras are your neighbors property on their property and they don't belong to you.

  • Imagine how many children could be saved if we could just put camera's in everyone's home and we could catch all the bad stuff before it happens.

  • Carrie Stennett

    My neighbors trespass all the time, so do their animals. Cameras, signs don't help, what can we do. Need help in Ohio

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Carrie, we are sorry to hear about your experience. You may use your security cameras to collect evidence that your neighbors trespass on your property and call the police. Hope this helps.

  • Donna Bray

    My upstairs neighbor has installed 2 outside cameras. One is pointed at my drive way where my roommate parks his companies truck the other at my car (no matter where I park on the street) that I park on the street. If they are not watching me then it would stay in the same spot and it does not. Tonight there is a blue light on it. After I got in my car I saw the blue light moving around. This is so creepy!

  • Jenny Hu

    Hello Laura, we strongly suggest that you don't do so. It can be illegal for you to point a camera towards others’ property without permission. If you have any issues with your neighbor, it is better to solve them with other legal ways. Hope this helps.

  • Angelica

    Jenny – I am in Santa Barbara California in a duplex- My yard is separated with a gate from the front duplex but to get to my front door there is a mutual walk way. I have 3 under age children ranging from 15 to 9 years of age at home due to COVID. I am at work all day. My cameras are directed towards my home for our children's safety while i am at work plus our home safety and package delivery. We use the Wyze Surveillance Camera as it allows us to communicate thru the camera with our children while at work thru the app. Which we have always PROVEN false and upsets him we are not using the device in any way to record him BUT for our own defense if needed of us not making noise and it is that we are in our home and consenting to be recorded if needed. He yesterday foundout we have the cameras because our window are older and need to be cranked out to open and he saw it. Immediately this morning he served us with a notice stating its pointed straight at his private porch/window and in a fenced area and where a 1 year old plays. he states in the letter ”it is illegal to fil a child un2 years of age without parental consent and under federal law it is illegal to record audio with out consent of both parties and is punishable up to $2500 per offense or up to one year in jail. and the second offense is even worse- we will not prosecute to the fullest of state and federal laws and or call or lawyer if the following is not performed 1-remove Wyze surveillance Camera that is pointed towards our front door,walkway,window porch – which is recording audio of an aunwilling party 2) delete all audio recording of us walking into our home and of our child . signed sincerely neighbors at and he put his address – not name”

    Now we – did not place the cameras to record him or his child that never comes out ot play in the yard – I have yet to even see this child – I have only heard the child. the child is never outside – nor his home walkway etc. It is for our home our children and our safetly. yes that area is in some view but it is unintentionable. Also the recording parts are only also for or own home incase he makes more false complaints -we are not recording him – I do not believe it reaches to his home or it can be heard. not our intention either. We basically put them up for our safety and our children's the and iwanted to give you a full honest picture . Am I violating any laws – Would preferto be neighborly and speak with this neighbor but he is truly a gem – never been approachable since day 1.and need my camera's for all around safety

    Also any other advice would be appreciated

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi,Angelica. It's hard to say for sure that whether you violated the 'two party consent’ law or other laws you neighbor mentioned or not. Sometimes security cameras may potentially capture audio spoken between two people expecting not to be overheard. So that depends. And I suggest you to talk with your neighbor first and try to get it settled personally. If that doesn't work, you may resort to the local counsel for help. Beyond that, there are some cameras with privacy mask feature, which can blur or pixelate a specific area covered by your camera and avoid recording others unintentionally. Hope that helps.

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi, there. Sorry to hear about your experience. I do not recommend that you continue to point your camera to your neighbor's property because it might be illegal. Instead, you could point it to public areas. And you could ask more advice from a local counsel or police. That would help you more in your situation.

  • Debra Castro

    I live in a trailer park my Rv front door is on the side of my Rv my neighbors RV door directly faces mine he has a hidden camera pointed directly at my door. I just recently saw it. It is set up on his front dashboard. My front door is the only view the camera has. I live in new mexico and he does not have a warning sign notifying the public of his having a security camera in use.
    I'm not sure if it also records. I have nothing to hide just me my husband and our dogs. And only 2 friends who visit once in a while . but it makes me very uncomfortable. Not knowing what his intentions are. Is their anything I can do. We have the same landlord. But they are close friends. I don't want to do anything that might jeopardize my living arrangements. HELP

  • Araceli Solorio

    My neighbor whom lives on the same property as I, has 3 security cameras 2 which are placed in the same area but one is directed straight to my kitchen window. My kitchen window faces in the direction facing a carport which leads to the wall of garage that has been converted into a living space anywho, there are two window and in one of them that is closer to my kitchen window is facing straight at my window. I spoken with my landlord and my neighbor about how this makes me uncomfortable especially when I raised my feelings about she moved it facing straight out the drive and the next day the camera was AGAIN facing straight at my window! Should I now call the police?

  • Daniel Crisp

    Can someone use their neighbor's surveillance camera footage of you driving down the road to say you did something illegal to them or their property

  • Jenny Hu

    Hi Mari. Pointing the camera to a public area is legal unless it covers your private area. But if you are not comfortable with that, you can talk with your neighbor about that and ask if he could adjust his camera viewing angle. Hope this helps.

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