How can i keep neighbors small children from climbing my fence?

by Mogie

I have a 20 year old chain link fence set back on my property by almost a foot. The neighbors small children keep climbing it. I have talked to the dad and he doesn't really care. His exact words where "mellow out". I don't want to be responsible if his kids get hurt and my fence is old but in very good condition (maybe cause we don't climb on

Only humane solution I could come up with is a motion activated sprinkler and other ideas?

  18 answers
  • William William on Sep 15, 2021

    Hope this helps

    Talk to the parents again being non confrontational.

    If that doesn't work talk to the police and they may talk to your neighbors.

    You can get some Roost No More used to deter birds from roosting on fences. It's sticky and gooey. Place it on top of the fence.

  • Janice Janice on Sep 15, 2021

    Hi Mogie, since you've let the parent know you don't want the children climbing on your fence, I think William's last suggestion might work. Also, you might be able to search for a way to put some type of harmless dye on the fence so the kids will get stains on their hands when they climb. Sadly, most any way you try to handle the situation will not be well received by the neighbor. Sorry you have to deal with inconsiderate parents.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 15, 2021

    Hey Mogie,

    Well, this is a problem.

    The parents of the children have been made aware of what their children are doing and you did not get the responsible reply you expected from adults. Look at it this way, they are not being supervised as they should be, and since you have spoken to them, document that and the results of that conversation. These children are climbing on your fence and they may get hurt (liability and homeowners insurance). This brings up the subject of lack of parental supervision. The next step would be to bring up it to CPS. You might want to make a recordings of them climbing to further document, if your camera has no date on what you record, get a newspaper and take pictures with that in plain sight, you'll have a date.

    If you opt for the sprinkler, they'll love it and be back for more with their friends. It also might be considered assault to get them wet.

    I do like William's suggestions, I would go there with hubby and be very polite and of course non-confrontational. Also the police or sheriff's dept may not be effective if they do go talk to them because there is no damage to your fence. So far it's civil matter.

    Let us know how this turns out.

  • Seth Seth on Sep 15, 2021

    Tell him you are going to electrify it. Can the kids read? Put up a warning sign.

    (That was a joke!). icon

    • Yvonne Yvonne on Dec 27, 2021

      Amen .....and again... may I say electric fence. I mobilized earlier for saying it till I read some other posts they were warned. Haha

  • Dee Dee on Sep 15, 2021

    You can put an invisible electric fence the kind to keep dogs in the yard. It will not hurt them but will deter them.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 15, 2021

    Hello. I am impressed by Williams suggestion above. Additionally you might consider some thorny plants.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 16, 2021

    You can add decorative items that will take up the space where they climb.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 16, 2021

    talk to the children in a kind way yourself and ask them not to climb your fence

    are they wanting to play in your yard? why do the climb the fence?

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 16, 2021

    They climb the fence cause they were put outside and they are bored (normal kid stuff). Only reason I can think of for them climbing the fence is that we have a few fruit trees about 15 feet away from the fence.

    If they want some fruit all they have to do is ask. Just seems like a good opportunity to use this as a lesson on respecting other peoples property.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 16, 2021

    Might have found a solution in the form of anti climb paint. Has anyone had any experience using this?

  • Annie Annie on Sep 16, 2021

    This is too bad, it's unfortunate the dad was not more understanding of what could happen if they fall off or hurt themselves some other way on your fence. But it is your fence.

    You could plant a prickly vine to grow up and cover the fence. Seems a shame to have to go that route!

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 17, 2021

    I would also send him a registered letter advising him you will not be responsible for any injuries from his kids trespassing on your property, and you will hold him liable for any damages to your fence. Keep a copy of the letter and the registered mail receipt.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Sep 20, 2021

    I like the grease on the fence idea!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 27, 2021

    Looks like i am going to be investing in some security cameras. Bummer expensive but can anyone recommend any certain brand or model?

  • Yvonne Yvonne on Dec 27, 2021

    Electric wire

  • Yvonne Yvonne on Dec 27, 2021

    Opps sorry....icon

  • Yvonne Yvonne on Dec 27, 2021

    Or vasealin

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 13, 2023

    thanks for all the answers went with security cameras. Made it obvious that we were putting the cameras up (wanted them to see) and the dad has started to keep them on their own property. Thanks for your suggestions!!!