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Hi there. I posted my response to this in the original thread. If you don't see it let me know and I'll repost it here. :)
Just to be sure you received my response, I am going to re-post it for you here:
You can do a couple of things: 1) You can put your own lock on the gate since it's on the property line; 2) You can send him a letter by certified mail putting him on official notice that he is not legally allowed to trespass upon your property without your prior written consent which you are specifically not granting and demand that he cease and desist from any further trespassing in the future. Let him know you hope this is the end of it so that nothing further needs to be done, but that if he continues to enter your property without your consent, you will have no choice but to: i) contact the district attorney's office and file criminal trespass charges; and ii) file a civil suit seeking an injunction to be issued prohibiting future trespassing and damages for past trespassing. If he then violates that injunction, he would be in contempt of court and subject to civil and/or criminal sanctions imposed by the court. Typically the letter is sufficient. One other suggestion would be to install an inexpensive camera monitoring the back yard that is tied to a computer hard drive so you have physical evidence of any trespassing should it occur.
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