How to Deal with a Nosy Neighbor

A nosy neighbor can be a nuisance. Dealing with their prying eyes can restore your privacy.


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You Will Need

  • Friendly disposition
  • Vague answers
  • Exaggerated greetings
  • Security lights
  • Security cameras
  • Security system sign
  • Fence, trees, or bushes


  1. Step 1

    Be nice

    Maintain a friendly disposition. The last thing you want is a snooper for an enemy.

  2. Step 2

    Don't answer questions

    Be vague when they ask questions. If they ask, "Where are you going?" simply answer, "Out."

  3. Step 3

    Exaggerate greetings

    Exaggerate your greetings. Be overly animated when you see them and broadly smile and wave.

  4. Step 4

    Approach them

    Approach your neighbor in a respectful manner and mention you have noticed their inquiring ways.

  5. Ask your neighbor if they need anything or if there's anything you can do for them.

  6. Step 5

    Stare back

    Stare back if approaching them has not helped. It may temporarily distract them and forward their attention toward another neighbor.

  7. Step 6

    Install security lights

    Install motion detector lights around your home and keep your doors locked.

  8. Step 7

    Install camera

    Install cameras – real or fake – around your home. You can also put up a sign that says you have had a home security system installed.

  9. Step 8

    Plant trees

    Block their gaze by erecting a privacy fence or planting trees or bushes.

  10. Did you know? The National Sheriff’s Association implemented the Neighborhood Watch program in 1972 to aid in crime prevention.