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Frequently Asked Questions: How Many "No Trespassing" Signs Do I Need to Hang?

Author: 
Paul Goeringer

This post should not be construed as legal advice

            Hanging a “No Trespassing” sign is a good way to put the public on notice that your property is private and trespassers are not welcome.  But how many “No Trespassing” signs should you hang?  Is one enough?  Two? Three? Or how many exactly should you hang?  This is a question many of you ask me periodically.  Let’s first talk about how many signs you should hang on your property.

            To start with, a trespasser is a person who enters your farmland without your consent and remains without your consent.  For example, Charlie is hunting on your neighbor’s property, inadvertently gets onto your property, and continues to hunt there.  Charlie would be a trespasser in this case because he entered your property and remained there without your consent.  Charlie may have committed one of two types of trespass recognized in Maryland: 1) criminal trespass and 2) civil trespass.  

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