How to Deal with a Nosy Neighbor
A nosy neighbor can be a nuisance. Dealing with their prying eyes can restore your privacy.
You will need
- Friendly disposition
- Vague answers
- Exaggerated greetings
- Security lights
- Security cameras
- Security system sign
- or bushes
Step 1 Be nice Maintain a friendly disposition. The last thing you want is a snooper for an enemy.
Step 2 Don't answer questions Be vague when they ask questions. If they ask, “Where are you going?” simply answer, “Out.”
Step 3 Exaggerate greetings Exaggerate your greetings. Be overly animated when you see them and broadly smile and wave.
Step 4 Approach them Approach your neighbor in a respectful manner and mention you have noticed their inquiring ways.
Ask your neighbor if they need anything or if there’s anything you can do for them.
Step 5 Stare back Stare back if approaching them has not helped. It may temporarily distract them and forward their attention toward another neighbor.
Step 6 Install security lights Install motion detector lights around your home and keep your doors locked.
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.
Step 8 Plant trees Block their gaze by erecting a privacy fence or planting trees or bushes.
Did you know? The National Sheriff’s Association implemented the Neighborhood Watch program in 1972 to aid in crime prevention.