Recently we have seen an increase in concern with people trespassing on private property. These complaints range from dumping grass clippings on neighboring farms to people parking vehicles on private lots. The PA Crimes Code defines a trespasser as one who“…enters or remains in any place as to which notice against trespass is given…” The section continues by referencing methods of notice, to include 1) “actual communication…”, 2) “posting…reasonably likely to come to the attention of an intruder” or 3) “fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders.” Violations can result in a fine of up to $300 per offense or 90 days in jail. Trespassing by motor vehicle can result in a fine of up to $100. If damage is done to the property, the fine can go up to $500. If the vehicle remains on the private property, the property owner can have the vehicle towed, costing the vehicle owner even more money. Please save yourself the hassle and the money by respecting other people’s property and don’t trespass.
Brian Wiczkowski, Chief of Police