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How to Deal with a Nosy Neighbor

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


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

You Will Need

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

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