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Can my Neighbor Record me on my Property?

In this day and age where nothing seems impervious to the powerfully invasive tendencies of technology, privacy is becoming a top concern even for the previously unconcerned. 

While security is and should be a top concern for everyone, it can easily invade the bounds of privacy, and security cameras in literally every space can be a tad uncomfortable.

The issue is hardly a question of wrongdoing as much as it is a question of autonomy. There is freedom lost when your entire life can be mapped out by a series of video feeds even in places where you expect a reasonable amount of autonomy and privacy.

Therein lies the rub.

While it is within reason to expect cameras to record your every move in the public arena, within your own property, you should be able to weigh in on whether cameras around your property record your every move.

Your neighbor is within their legal purview to have security cameras even ones that can record you on your property if your property is within the field of view of the camera but there are some factors that both you and your neighbor should take into account.

The outlook of your property

When you are outside on your driveway or your yard, anyone passing by can see you which means you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy while on your front lawn.

Cameras angled towards your property will not be infringing on your right to privacy. If you cordon off your property to ensure cameras cannot record you on your property then it stands to reason that when they do, they will be infringing on your right to privacy. 

Your neighbors’ cameras

Your neighbor’s camera may have top-shelf resolution and zoom range making them capable of recording you in the privacy of your house right through your curtains. This presents a problem and in such a situation you have a right to be concerned.

While you cannot tell if this is the case, you need to consult your neighbor especially since most people have no clue how savvy the tech they have actually is. 

In all likelihood, your neighbor has no idea what their cameras are capable of and would be willing to do something about ensuring your comfort such as getting a security system less suited for espionage and more friendly to suburban life.

What your neighbor can do to make you more comfortable

Within reason, your neighbor should be able to understand your hesitation at being recorded at all times as long as you are on your own property. Likely they would feel the same should the shoe be on the other foot. There are concessions they could make, to make your life easier.

  • You could ask your neighbor to reposition their cameras to exclude your property from their field of view. As much as possible, your neighbor should be able to reposition their security cameras to allow you as much privacy as possible without creating blind spots that could become a vulnerability.

 

  • Ask your neighbor to turn off motion sensors activated by activity on your property. This should prevent their cameras from locking on to you and your every move while you are within your property.

 

  • Ask your neighbor to show you exactly what their cameras are recording. This will give you an idea of just how much you can tolerate and possibly even ease your concerns about being recorded by their cameras altogether

 

  • If all else cannot ease your mind then you have the option to cordon off your property. Your neighbor has a legal right to install security cameras on their property even if they can record your own. 

 

Installing a high enough fence or landscaping your yard such that you are blocked from the camera’s field of view is a lasting measure that will eliminate any need to interfere with your neighbor’s right to their security measures any further.

Why you do not want your neighbor recording you on your property

Your hesitation at being recorded is justifiable. Security feeds are notoriously easy to misconstrue. In the event that security camera footage is required for any reason particularly in the legal sphere, your actions could be inadvertently or intentionally used against you and convincingly since they are on video.

Private matters as well could easily become fodder for scandal and in an age where real life has become material for entertainment, the last thing you want is to become infamous over incidents and issues that are no one’s business aside from you and your immediate family.

Lastly, just because the cameras are installed for your neighbor’s security does not mean they guarantee your own security. By having a detailed account of your comings and goings, a malevolent neighbor could use this vital information against you. 

Why you want your neighbor recording you on your property

As with everything that has its demerits, there are merits to having your neighbor record you on your property.

You benefit from a security standpoint when your neighbor’s cameras are trained on your property. Just as they protect your neighbor, they protect you.

If anything were to happen on your property that shouldn’t, then your neighbor’s security feeds will give law enforcement a great place to start their investigation. 

This of course requires that you know your neighbor and have a sense of their intent with the cameras. If they are personable folks you can be certain their new security system is an advantage for you.

Finally…

Security cameras like most things are a tool that can be used to protect or to cause harm. In itself, the camera does not guarantee security or a lack thereof. 

It is critical that you have fairly good knowledge of who your neighbors are because the presence or absence of security cameras is not the only way a neighbor can be a blessing or a problem.

If you are certain that your neighbor’s intentions with their security are nefarious, consult law enforcement as early on as possible.

So that’s it on, “Can my neighbor record me on my property?”