How do you keep the neighbor kids away from your pool? UPDATE
Last year, we bought our dream home but we are starting to notice a problem, the neighbor kids come over when we are not home to use the pool. This started last week when school got out. There is no neighborhood pool and as far as I know, we are the only house with a pool on the street (small street, like 12 houses). I have talked to their parents, who aren't home during the day, about it and they just play it down saying "well the people who used to live here always let them use the pool whenever they wanted", I even responded with, "well I own the house now and I am not ok with it". I hate it because I don't want to have problems with our neighbors but I also don't want to end up getting sued because one of these kids get hurt on my property while unsupervised. I am also sure they are peeing in my pool which grosses me out so much that I don't use public pools. We have a fence and I have put a lock on the gate, they just started jumping the fence. One of them live next store so they use a ladder to get over to our side, then pull the ladder over so they can get back.
I don't even have kids their age. These boys are all 10-13, my kids are 2, 5 and 7.
I have put no trespassing signs up and have also talked to the children. I am thinking about pulling my car in the garage to make it look like we are not home then when they come over, calling the police for trespassing, maybe the police showing up will scare them enough that they will stop.
Has anyone else had problems with that?
I decided the best the to do was to call my insurance company to find out exactly what to do. The agent told me that as long as I make a reasonable effort to deter people from using my pool without permission, I would be ok. He said the lock on the gate, the no trespassing signs and talking to the parents were all great. He suggested that I send a letter to all the parents explaining that their children are trespassing and the police will be called if it continues. He also suggested it wouldn't hurt to say that since I have taken steps to deter the children from using my pool, if they get hurt in my pool, my insurance company will not have to cover anything nor can I be sued.
So I am going to send this letter by signature confirmation (so I have proof the parents got it) to each home.
I am continuing to have an issue with your child using my pool without my permission. Dong so is not only trespassing but it is dangerous for children so young to be swimming with no adult supervision. Per our discussion on May 25, 2013, my pool is not open to the neighborhood and is only to be used after I have given my permission. I have never given my permission to your child to use my pool. I had hoped that upon coming to you to discuss the issue, you child would stop trespassing on my property and stop using my pool. However, that is not the case. My next step will be to call the police and possibly press charges if I catch your child on my property again. I may also contact CPS to let them know how little supervision your child has during the day.
Also, please be advised that I have spoken with my insurance company and it was explained to me that because I have made reasonable efforts to keep your child from my pool, if your child is hurt while trespassing on my property, my homeowner's insurance will not cover any portion of the injury nor will you be able to sue me personally.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter