“I’ve got a snoopy neighbor pointing his CCTV infrared cameras at our back yard. How can I block the security cameras from viewing us?”

If you also have such an annoying neighbor pointing security cameras directly into your property, you must feel violated and want to look for ways to disable your neighbor’s CCTV security cameras.

So what are the most effective methods to disrupt security cameras?

Now continue your reading to learn the useful and practical tips about how to blind security cameras.

Dos: Top 7 Most Effective Ways to Blind Security Cameras

Before you set off to learn the effective ways to blind security cameras, ask yourself these questions first: Why do you want to disable a CCTV security camera? What’s behind this?

The fact is, it’s NOT the security camera that watches you.

It’s the owner who is spying on you.

Imagine this: you disable or destory the security camera that is overlooking your property, and leave alone the owner, you might get 10 times the security cameras installed there viewing you.

And that’s the key: To blind the security camera is the process to “blind” the owner, in a legal way.

Method 1. Have Security Cameras Legally Installed in Your Property

A user in the forum complained that his neighbor pointed an outdoor surveillance camera at his house and even broadcast him online in the back yard.

What a disgusting act it is!

For these offensive security camera owners who deliberately use an IP camera to spy on you, reasoning with them often doesn’t work.

And there’s no better way to disrupt their security cameras than serving them with the same sauce – put up a legally placed security camera in your property as well.

You can mount a PTZ security camera high enough on your house, somewhere in an attic vent facing out or wherever your neighbor will be captured causing trouble.

The biggest advantage of a PTZ security camera is that your neighbor will never know where the camera is pointed and you can also zoom in to identify details.

Note that the inferior cameras will shoot grainy pictures at night. It is more recommended for you to choose high-quality infrared security cameras.

This tactic has proved to be quite effective to blind your neighbor’s security cameras. Here is the feedback of a user who adopted this way:

“We had a very annoying neighbor pointing his camera to watch us. He was the reason why I got into video cameras in the first place. As soon as the cameras went up, ALL problems went away.”

 

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Method 2. Tell Whether the Security Camera is Fake

Before you go through the trouble to blind a CCTV security camera, make sure the IP camera is real at first.

To save the money and mislead potential burglars, chances are that your neighbor may have fake security cameras installed.

In this case, you don’t need to go through the trouble to blind CCTV security cameras.

And it can be pretty easy for you to tell. For example, most infrared security cameras will have visible red light at night. You can observe whether there is red light or wires connected to the cameras.

Also, your neighbor’s security camera may be off or not working at all. Learn how to tell whether a security camera is on and then decide if you need to disrupt the security camera or not.

Tell Fake Security Cameras

Method 3. Talk to the Security Camera Owner

The most straightforward and effective method to blind your neighbor’s security cameras is to have an open conversation with him.

Maybe your neighbor is even oblivious to the fact that his camera is aimed at your window or back yard.

So before messing up or jamming the security camera, talk to your neighbor about what troubles you and your distress. Ask him whether he is using a fake security camera or a real one.

Also, you can confirm with him whether your house is within the blind spots of his security camera. (Learn how to find the security camera blind spots.)

If not, tell him that you are not comfortable with his camera pointing at your property. Be cool and polite and ask him if he could reposition his cameras.

Talk to Your Neighbor

Method 4. Search Information Online

It also proves to be a practical way to blind or disrupt security cameras by searching related information online.

You may visit the forums to see if there are people having the same problems and how they disable or disrupt a security camera.

Learning your country/state security camera privacy laws can also help you learn whether your neighbor has violated certain laws or regulations. And then you may take advantages of this to negotiate with your neighbor again.

Search Online

Method 5. Seek Help from Mediators

If you have an unreasonable neighbor and your talk end up in failure, seeking help from the mediators may be useful to disable the security cameras.

For example, you may go to your local community justice or neighborhood mediation center and explain your needs. They can mediate a meeting between you and your neighbor to settle the problem without further escalation.

Seek Help from Mediators

Method 6. Consult the Lawyer or the Police

For those annoying neighbors that cross the line (like voyeurism), it is best to consult the lawyer or the police and seek for their advice about how to blind the security cameras.

If the security camera provides a clear picture of the interior of your home and is used as criminal harassment, you would have the basis for a claim of invasion of privacy, and potentially a viable lawsuit.

Consult Your Lawyers

Method 7. Disrupting Security Cameras with Grown Trees or Fences

Another good way to blind your neighbor’s security cameras is to plant a grouping of shrubs or grown trees that are tall enough to block off where the camera is aimed.

Also, you can close the curtain or shade on the window to block security cameras. The privacy fence, bamboo curtains and yard shade sails are also effective tools to disable CCTV security cameras.

Additionally, you may put up cheap posts with cloth flags along the property line to block the CCTV security camera’ view.

For the places that don’t bother you, you can simply leave the camera alone. After all, the security camera owner is literally wasting his time watching video of nothing that matters to anyone.

Put up Fences

Don’t: Not Recommended Ways to Blind Security Cameras

If you ask “how can I blind a security camera” in forums, you are likely to get some misleading and controversial tips.

So what are they and should you adopt them to jam or disable a CCTV camera?

  • Blind Security Cameras with LEDs – Sounds like a useful way to disable security cameras with a LED hat or flashlight? Things are more complex in practice. You have to precisely shine the light directly into the lens and hold the infrared flashlight steady for a long time.
  • Block Security Cameras with a Laser Pointer — A laser pointer or infrared laser may block a CCTV security camera, but it can also damage the security cameras. You may be captured by the security cameras until you get the laser aimed correctly.
  • Disable Security Cameras with Jammers — Disrupting security cameras with jammers requires the information about the camera broadcast frequency and the right equipment to jam that frequency.
  • Jam a CCTV Security Camera by Hacking Into It – Though you can learn how to hack into a security camera easily online, this trick would never help you stop CCTV security cameras working, but only invite legal trouble in.
  • Blind Surveillance Cameras by Cutting Cables – This seems like practical to jam a wired CCTV camera, you have to make sure the tools are electrically insulated to prevent shock from camera power supply. Most importantly, it can be regarded as malicious destruction of property.
  • Blind Security Cameras with Spray Paint – This is indeed the least practical method to block CCTV security cameras! Before you blind a security camera with spray paint, butter or other stuff, you will have triggered the motion detection and shoot by the cameras.

Summary: These methods above are not recommended for you to blind a security camera. If you adopt one of them to jam, destroy, mess up or turn off security cameras, you might be involved in criminal trouble due to these illegal acts.

So, Can Your Neighbor Legally Point a Security Camera at Your Property

While you are thinking of ways to blind security cameras, you may wonder, is it legal for your neighbor to point security cameras at your house?

Good question!

Fact is, there is no quick answer.

The legality of your neighbor’s security camera largely depends on your local laws and whether it is pointing somewhere private.

If your neighbor’s security camera just captures your house as part of a broader area, it is perhaps not invading your privacy, at least not deliberately. And chances are that you cannot file a complaint to disable the security cameras.

But in the event that a security camera only aims at places where you can expect your privacy, like your bedrooms or bathrooms, such deeds would be a pure invasion of your privacy. And you may check out your state laws and territory laws to protect your right.

For example, new N.Y. law allows neighbors to sue over unwelcomed outdoor cameras. If you feel uncomfortable or harassed or by your neighbor’s camera pointed at your backyard, you can always call your lawyer to blind the security cameras.

In conclusion, regardless of the legality of your neighbor’s CCTV cameras, the top 7 methods recommended above would definitely help you disrupt the security cameras.

If you’ve got some more creative and feasible ideas to blind the security cameras, feel free to leave your comment and share with us!

Reference:

① Quota: How can I scramble, jam, disrupt or disable my neighbor’s security cameras aimed at my house?

② Reddit: I’ve got a snoopy neighbor pointing 2 of his CCTV infrared cameras at our house and yard. What’s the best most non-intrusive way to stop the CCTV camera working and retain our privacy?

③ Daycare Forum: Neighbors have surveillance camera pointed in my back yard. What would you do to block the security cameras?

④ CCTV Forum: How to block/disable a security camera from viewing me?

⑤ City-Data Forum: My neighbor’s outdoor surveillance camera records everything of my backyard activities and I feel like I have no privacy at all. Is there any way to blind, jam or turn off the security cameras?

  • itsabig

    First obvious question is what am I doing that “they” feel uncomfortable seeing. IF you’re doing anything criminal, stop doing it.

    It may be to your advantage if a crime happens on your property and their CCTV system picks it up. I’ve seen this countless times on the local news……..and as a clue, always close your blinds during evening hours, cameras or not….jeeeeeez

    • Yolanda

      Hi, there, thanks for sharing your ideas with us.^o^

  • Yolanda

    Hello, Julie, you can close all your curtains to protect your privacy. Then find a good time to talk with your neighbor and ask him/her to face the camera to other directions. If this doesn’t help, you may seek help from the police or the local attorney. Hope that problem will get solved soon.

  • Calli McCat

    I’m that neighbour with a security camera that’s really pissing off the guy behind me. However, I have very good reasons for trying to catch him in the act. He’s been trapping cats and taking them god knows where, never to be seen again. He trapped a neighbours cat, one of my cats and another 3 cats (all have never returned home again). I finally caught him with one of mine and confronted him. However, I got an assault charge. Yeah I attacked him, to try and save my cat. He hid the cat somewhere before I could get over to his place. I had to run around a couple houses to get to his. I clubbed him on the head and hand with a baton that has lead on the end of it and the cops came and arrested me. Later on when I got home, I couldn’t find my cat anywhere. I was devastated that he got another one of my cats. I only have 3 (two now). He managed to BS the cops so well that he made me look crazy. Well, to my surprise, 24hrs later my cat turned up howling at the front door. I let him in and his paws were bleeding, bruised and his claws were chewed/ripped/hacked whatever… right back to the quicks. I rushed him to the vet where they documented everything. His paw damage was obviously from a metal trap. See. I’m not crazy, I’m out to catch a psycho neighbour who hates cats. So now I have a camera facing my back yard, shed and well..most of his backyard. He’s so irked that he shone a high powered LED light into it and caused it to go all blurry. However, my camera only has to have a factory reset done to make it clear again. I have taken steps to put camera at an angle he can’t blast light into it, but I can still see what he’s up to in his yard. (junkyard that is). He’s got junk and crap in his yard and it’s attracting mice/rats…to bring the cats. Freakin loser needs to be caught…and fast. I’d rather put a bullet in his brain…but that’s illegal, so I have to do things the legal way unfortunately. Argggh! guys like him to be eliminated from earth.

    • Yolanda

      Hi, Calli, setting up a security camera is a wise option to catch your neighbor in the act. And you can show the police your video footage if the camera captures your neighbor trapping cats. Again, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      • Calli McCat

        And thanks for acknowledging my really long comment. haha! I’ll get this guy caught yet. Patience is a virtue right?! 😉 due time

        • spychic

          i have a neighbor beside me who has vandalized my Jeep tires with nails so long you could never drive over them – like 7″ long – and that has been 4x now. and that was for parking too close to his presumed property, or cussing at his security camera the day after he slammed his brakes on while pulling into his driveway while i was in my front yard looking at a tree that wasn’t doing well. he sat and stared at me, half in his driveway, half in the street – until i was so unnerved by him i left. next morning i M-effed the camera, and the following day not one but 2 nails in both rear tires.

          which i can’t understand how he never gets caught by any witnesses until one day: i was securing the feral cat feeding station during a high wind storm and catch movement out of the corner of my eye. it’s him, 11pm at night walking up to my Jeep and leering into the windows before turning to walk up my sidewalk. at this point, i turned my head toward him and the light from my headlamp shone on him. HE WAS IN HIS UNDERWEAR! then he turned around and calmly walked back to his house. since that day, March 2, 2018, he has amped up his antics to where i began finding glass shards in my back yard every other day, and something like 30 pieces the days he was off work (usually Friday). i had found glass before, at least every few weeks for 10 years while picking up the dog piles.

          but after that day i caught him snooping in my front yard, something in him snapped and he has been off the rails ever since. i imagine he is plotting how to kill my dog as he has said as much — August 2017, when she barked at him after he made noise from over his side of the fence — he said, “shut up……like to put you on the other end of this, that will shut you up”.

          he has also called police on me 4 -5x for noise and disruptions made my people working on my home. he had his “lawyer” draft a letter saying he would stop construction of my fence b/c my fence guys took down the chain link fence that is on all the properties plats where i reside. so, no one owns them. he called to report dead tags on my car. and he recently began throwing what i believe are poison bones into my yard. and once, i did see my dog eat something which i assumed he threw over and which contained poison.

          so i installed the cams ON MY FENCE shooting down the fence line. i also installed them watching the back of my yard over the fence toward his property where most of the large glass has been thrown, since it’s where my dog likes to dig. but i really pissed him off installing a cam to catch him coming and going into the back door of his home (or entering his back yard from anywhere) b/c then i can go an do a sweep of the yard once i know he’s been out. but he purchased some kind of jamming device over the summer since he cut his grass right in front of the camera and it didn’t pick him up. that same afternoon while he cut grass, i couldn’t connect to the internet either, and my cell phone dropped calls. but, he would have been disabling his own wifi as well since jammers are not discreet.

          he currently has found some other way to kill the cams since i had the last two cams which were installed in the birdhouse tree pointed to his back yard have failed, one temporarily, one permanently. one was about 6 months old, the other just a few weeks old before it would not longer connect or record. what happened was, it would not connect to the internet. then when i could get it to reconnect, it would only record for 3-4 seconds. one of the 2 cams is fine for live streaming indoors but will never effectively connect to the internet sufficiently enough to be considered security.

          just bought another 2 new Argus 2 (all my cams ar Argus 2), and it was installed a mere 2 days before it failed completely. it went dead black cold and will not reboot. been plugged in ALL weekend and nothing has changed. reset 100x and still no voice coming on. at least the first camera he tampered with came back after i believe he shone a laser pointer or something at (it had moments where it was blurry not attributable to fog or poor weather), but they all recover with a simple reset. this camera is not even resetting, and all i did was point it from viewing my back deck to pointing at my fence line. came home from work and it was dead and there is no video recorded to show that he smacked it or anything.

          what’s sad is i have now invested close over $800 all to protect my pets and self from his evil and i still seem to be getting screwed over by him. can there at least be some Karma whereby he dies from a long painful horrible illness.

  • Calli McCat

    Hey Julie, I attached a link for some cling stuff that I bought for my windows, for privacy. I have some on my kitchen window, bathroom window and on one of my living room windows. It was super easy to put on too. I buy everything on amazon. Great place to get stuff for privacy issues. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0794NWK77/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • Vic

    I am also a neighbor with security cameras. I have firearms in my house legally purchased and stored. I placed cameras pointing at all entrances of my house. To protect myself and society from my guns getting into the wrong hands. One neighbor to the East broke the camera off my house I have him on video doing so. Under our useless laws the police were not able to charge him. So I put one more camera pointing into his yard from where he reached over and broke off the camera.

    • Yolanda

      Hi, Vic, it is best not to point your security cameras to your neighbor’s yard in avoidance of any privacy disputes. You may talk with your neighbor and explain to him/her about your original purposes of installing security cameras. Hope this would help.

      • Vic

        You cannot reason with a drunk. The cameras were pointed skirting the property line. He reached over and knocked it off. He is the criminal thug I am trying to get caught.

  • Maggie Maggie

    I’ve got horrendous neighbours over the road. I’m in the country. They have put up about 6 long metal poles, about 30 metres in height and aimed multiple cameras to capture pretty much my entire property wirelessly. They asked me to cut my trees. Told them no, so they started drilling large nails into one that is obviously in the way of one of the cameras. That has now inspired me to grow many trees in their path. I’ve also built an extra high carport in my backyard, right in front of my shed to stop them looking at me whenever I walk into or out of my shed door. All very legal – at least in my part.

  • Tim C.

    This article should be titled , 7 Worthless Opinions On Wireless Cameras. Not a single helpful tip in the entire thing.

  • Barrett

    I have a camera in my window some aiming at my front porch. No biggie and not even near the point of a neighbors house or anything, just my own lil webcam to see who came over while I’m gone but at night the neighbors porch light is so bright that my night vision has a huge hot spot in it because of their porch light, anything I can add to or do to diffuse the light so it picks up my front porch better at night? It’s a decent camera with lots of settings but not near close enough to catch a neighbor’s house or anything invasive and I wouldn’t do that anyways just want to have my motion detection work at night if anyone comes up near my house is all. Anyone? Thanks 🙂

    • Yolanda

      Hello, Barrett, you may communicate with your neighbor and ask them to change their porch light. So, if this doesn’t help, to ensure that your webcam works properly at night, it is best to install it in another position to avoid being affected by the bright light.

  • Yolanda

    Hello, there, it depends on how intense the laser is. However, we don’t recommend you to do so since it may cause permanent damages to the IR filter and other units of the security camera and create legal issues. Hope this would clarify.

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