Hi everyone, I would like to inform you of several horrible cases of trespassing that have occurred in the mobile home park I live in.
We have a nice lot on a corner with essentially no next door neighbors. Across the street is a small, banked wall with a grass area as well as the back of the rec room. There is parking allowed on one side of the street, but this wall area is usually not occupied with cars at night. It is at least 2-3 times a week now, where I will here car sounds anywhere from 7 PM to 3 AM. I will look outside and I will see a vehicle that I do not recognize, and there will be 1-4 people in the vehicle, loitering, despite trespassing signs that are in the front of the park. This loitering includes eating, smoking, vaping, drinking, making out, sleeping, throwing up on the street, dumping trash, loudly watching TV on phones, and attempting to steal my WIFI on a laptop. I have witnessed every single one of these instances, with most happening at least a few times. Perhaps the worst situation is on a hot weekend in the Summer, where unrecognized vehicles will park along the wall, then a person, (sometimes with their kids), will immediately go to the pool/jacuzzi, use it for any hour or two, then go back the vehicle and immediately leave the park. This makes it clear that they are not friends or family of any resident in the park. This is a service that we and every other park resident PAY TO USE. I wish I were making these instances up, but they are all true.
These people are not visitors, nor do they live in the park. I assume that people will use the wall area as a place where they think they won’t be bothered or no one will notice because they feel more “secure” in comparison to the street outside the park, or the nearest parking lot. I will sometimes see them leaving and watch them immediately exit the park. I’ll then go outside sometimes and notice liquids and trash on the street or in the grass. It is incredibly annoying and nerve wracking and it is hard to ignore their activities. Our yard is directly across the street with a 3 foot fence that anyone could hop if they wanted to so I feel that it is my duty to make sure they do not leave their car to go do something else around the park.
Our manager is about 70 years old and is not always home when these instances occur. When she is living in the park, she isn’t willing to come out and tell the trespassers to leave. I have called a non-emergency number 3 different times, but the police show up about 20 minutes after the call and by then the trespassers have left. Though I have been tempted many other times to make a call. After 3-4 years of witnessing this, I feel that the final solution would be to install a keypad protected gate in the front of the park.
This upgrade hasn’t been suggested to the manager or owner, but we do know that they are almost always behind on upgrades and they will break their own rules. For instance, we have a palm tree in the front yard. It is not our responsibility to keep it trimmed and we had to ask for years to get it trimmed so that berries would quit dropping on our driveway and vehicles. Finally it did get trimmed mid this year. Another instance of rule breaking happened when our rent went up without any prior notice.
I have taken pictures of license plates and videos of trespasser’s trash and vomit, but I have yet to anything with them. I also haven’t confronted anyone in the act, as I have no idea what their response or actions will be. If anyone has suggestions on what to do it would be most appreciated. Thanks.