How to Keep Trespassing Travellers Off Your Property
11th June 2020
As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, the likelihood of Travellers trespassing onto private land uninvited rises too.
In fact, at DCBL the number of enquiries regarding Travellers trespassing on land has gone up significantly in recent weeks. It’s a trend we see repeated every year, and official figures support this.
In the summer of 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government counted over 3,000 Traveller caravans parked on unauthorised sites in England, and we have seen a similar trend in 2020.
Removing the unwanted stress of trespassers
At a particularly stressful time for all businesses, confronting unwanted intruders onto your land is the last thing you need to deal with.
Illegal encampments on your land can cause significant disruption. It doesn’t take long for the appearance of an unauthorised campsite to affect your business or family, and unwanted visitors also bring the risk of damage to property along with fly-tipping, noise, and even abusive or threatening behaviour.
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Preventing Travellers from occupying your land
Keeping caravans from accessing your land can sometimes be straightforward, especially where there are limited access points for vehicles. Keeping gates locked overnight, plus installing sturdy fences around the perimeter, prevents your property from being an easy target for an unauthorised campsite.
However, this isn’t so easy if you have a large area to protect, such as open fields and business parks. If you are determined to keep persistent trespassers at bay, the ideal solution is security patrols, such as those provided by our sister company Direct Security Solutions.
What to do when you have trespassers staying on your land
If you find yourself in the difficult position of needing to move trespassers on from your land, you should act quickly, as swift removal lowers the chance of damage and litter on your property.
It’s important to note that trespassing is not a criminal offence, so the police will only be able to act on related offences such as criminal damage or antisocial behaviour.
Under Common Law, landowners have the right to remove trespassers from their land using reasonable force if required. Thankfully DCBL’s agents are very experienced in dealing with Travellers with minimal disruption.
When you instruct DCBL to remove trespassers:
- DCBL agents will visit the site, on the same day as your instruction, and serve trespassers with notice to vacate your premises within a set amount of time (usually by the end of the day)
- DCBL agents will return to the site after the notice has expired to confirm that the trespassers have left the property
- In the unlikely event that the trespassers haven’t left, agents will return to evict them using appropriate resources, up to and including police involvement
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If you do find yourself in the difficult position of being an unwilling host to unwanted guests on your land, remember to call the experienced professionals at DCBL on 0203 298 0201 for a quick resolution.