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We all have a right to feel secure in our own homes. After all, this is meant to be the one place where we can relax, kick off our shoes, and not have to worry about anything– which is why a nosy neighbor can be so troubling.
It is not unrealistic to suggest that living with a nosy neighbor can make life miserable. It can make you feel invaded, made worse by the fact this is the one place that you should feel safe. However, few people are willing to confront a nosy neighbor, because we all assume that it would be incredibly awkward.
In truth, it probably would be incredibly awkward– but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight back. If you’re tired of a neighbor peering through your windows or always asking questions about your life, then these options should help you beat the problem once and for all.
Remove Their Line Of Vision
People can experience nosy neighbors from a variety of vantage points; these need to be dealt with individually.
If your neighbor has a tendency to peer through your windows, then you can block their line of vision with fairly simple solutions. Trees or trellis in front of windows are a good option, but they can make the interior of your home unnecessarily dark. If this is a concern for you, then opting for decorative window film should both look nice and prevent your neighbor from being able to see too much in detail.
If your neighbor’s house overlooks your garden and they have a tendency to watch what you’re doing while outdoors, then it’s more difficult. The best solution is to plant trees to provide a level of coverage, or install a gazebo if you want to be able to enjoy a nice summer day without feeling like someone is watching you.
Look Right Back At Them
Sure, this method is somewhat passive-aggressive, but remember: you’re the victim here, so you’re within your rights to be a little passive-aggressive!
When you notice your neighbor is looking, pause what you’re doing and look right back at them. If they’re within earshot, ask if there is something you can help them with. This should embarrass them to the point they no longer want to risk being caught out.
Complain To The Police
Finally, if you have tried the above methods and nothing is deterring them, you’re well within your rights to contact the police for assistance. This might seem like a drastic step, but your privacy is being invaded.
The police will usually ask if you have done anything to confront them about the issue. If you haven’t — and no one can blame you for that — then you are still entitled to assistance. You can also ask that the complaint is kept anonymous, so your neighbor won’t ever find out if was you who made the report, but they’ll receive a caution for their behavior all the same.
You don’t have to put up with nosy neighbors– fight back and reclaim the privacy that you deserve.