My Neighbor Is Spying on Me: What Can I Do? Updated on November 23, more A long time ago I had a stalker. He still pops up now and then. I like to think I can help others in the same situation. Are your neighbors spying on you; watching your every move?
Feeling that you are being watched—and so close to home too—can blight your life. Are you one of them? Find out what to do when neighbors overstep the boundaries and position themselves too close for comfort. The first thing to to is to establish that they are actually spying on you.
You, being close to her, probably pique her interest. Your neighbors might be over-friendly. They could have grown up in a different environment where neighbors always looked out for each other. Your neighbors are obsessed with local crime rates and make it their business to monitor the street.
On rare occasions there could be some nefarious reason why you are being watched by your neighbor. It might be connected to property: Could there be a boundary dispute?
Are they attempting to get you to move out? Why might that be? Are you a nuisance neighbor yourself? Do you have barking dogs, noisy children or loud parties? Some rental companies offer reduced rents to people who can drive their house-owning neighbors out of the street, so the company can buy up the house to build up their portfolio.
They really are spying on you, but you have no idea why. Check out the possible reasons in my article I'm Being Watched. Additionally, if you also think they might be listening in to your private conversations, you might want to find out if they are bugging your home or your car.
In this case, you must seek professional guidance. It is not good to live in this way as it hampers your activities and ruins your chances of having a good life. Get help and get it sorted. However, you can reduce the effect they have on you.
Try making friends with them. If it is a case that they are physically limited to their home, then why not bring some happiness into their life by becoming friends. Put up physical barriers. A decent, solid fence or some judicious conifer planting will prevent them seeing into your property. Our windows are right on the street and this film prevents anyone, neighbors or otherwise, from getting a look inside.
Avoid them whenever possible. If you are walking down the street and see your nosy neighbor approaching, get out your phone and pretend to be talking to someone. If your neighbor tries to stop you, put your hand over the phone and tell him you are talking to your investment manager. Always be rushing off somewhere so that you look too busy to stop and chat. You suspect that they are listening in via some sort of device. Your mail is being interfered with. They stalk you on social media.
You own your property and your neighbors are renters. Other neighbors seem to get on with them well. You think the whole street is spying on you. One really easy way to do this is to test them. Have telephone conversations inside your home and car mentioning some untrue event. Something preposterous and easily disproved.
Then see if this information is repeated back to you by your neighbors. If it is, then you know they are listening to everything they say. Also be careful not to say anything that could damage your own reputation if it got spread around. Keep a log of incidents and reasons why you think they are stalking you. This is really important. If you ever have to give evidence against them, the fact you kept a detailed log will go in your favor.
Use a simple and inexpensive bug sweeping device to discover any hidden listening devices or cameras on your property or vehicle. Repeat your bug sweep every couple of weeks or so. Send yourself some interesting-looking, but bogus mail. Take photos of anything suspicious and keep them in cloud storage, such as Google Drive or Drop Box.
Print out the photos and add them to your log, which you will keep safely hidden under lock and key. Having said that, take extra precautions where your children are concerned. Ensure they can play safely and in privacy. You have to be prepared to compromise for sake of peace. Install spy cameras in your own home to find out if your neighbors make a habit of entering while you are at work. Make copies of videos of any suspicious activity and make sure they are kept somewhere safe.
Do regular bug sweeps of your property. Install outdoor security lights and cameras in full view. Also one or two hidden cameras too. Basic spy cameras like this Ztcolife Mini Camera are very reasonable, We've installed two of them as a quick and easy precautionary measure at the back of our house. Invest in a full-on home security system, complete with monitoring and a panic button. Lock gates, doors and windows at all times. Refuse to engage with them in any way whatsoever.
If you spread unfounded rumors, you could find yourself in trouble. Additionally, make sure that they are not friends of friends who can see your posts. This may be the one source of the problem. Never say where and when you are going out.
Never post where you are. Change all your settings to the highest security level. If you have collected proof, then report them to the police and any other local authorities.
If they are renters, then make a formal complaint via a lawyer to the rental agency. They will need to find out why your neighbors are showing such a keen interest in you. As a last resort move home. This may seem a drastic measure, but what price peace of mind?