Woman baffled by neighbour’s cheeky behaviour after CCTV catches them in her garden

The woman was left baffled by her over-confident neighbours, who it seems have been sitting in her back garden while she is out of the house for hours at a time

We all dream of having good neighbours.

They can take your post in while you’re out, you can enjoy BBQs together and there’s always someone available to dog-sit if needed.

But not everyone has that luck.

One woman who certainly doesn’t was left feeling rather unimpressed after her CCTV captured some unusual movements.

After becoming confused by things in her garden moving, she set up a camera to find out what happened while she was out of the house.

And she was left gobsmacked to discover that her neighbours were sitting in her garden for hours – after climbing over the wall into her private space.

Naturally, she flocked to Mumsnet to ask for some advice on how to handle the rather awkward situation.

“I have a block of flats next to my house and I thought for a while things have been moved in my garden and it seemed a bit weird, she wrote.

“I’ve got a lock on the gate and it’s always locked. So over the weekend, I’ve installed a small outdoor camera under my guttering which records the whole back garden.

“I’ve come home tonight after work (I work the late shift) and found two cigarette butts on the path by my seating area.

“I checked the camera and the neighbours have climbed my wall and been sitting in my garden from 2 pm until 8 pm using my seating and table.

“To say I’m annoyed is an understatement but how do I confront them as they aren’t the friendliest of people at the best of times?

“I guess they’ve been doing this since the nice weather began. Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to see I’m out as I have to drive to work and so once my cars are not there they obviously know I’m out.

“I just don’t know how to approach this as I’m a single woman and just concerned it’ll escalate but I can’t allow this – what would you all do?

“I thought maybe a note through their door asking them to not use it anymore. They haven’t seen the camera but now I wonder how long it’s been going on.”

People were left outraged on her behalf, as one jokily asked: “Is there space for a moat?” before adding: “If not can you monitor the camera remotely and call the police when neighbours arrive?”

Another suggested: “Get one of those cardboard cutouts of a police officer they put in Home Bargains doorway to deter thieves. Have that staring out at your patio.”

A third added: “This is horrible. Using your property and making you feel unsafe. That’s really nasty.

“On Friday at around 5 pm, I would get in the car and drive about five mins away out of sight. I would then check if they’re in the garden and call the police to tell them there are intruders in your garden.

“Tell the police that you’ve seen them on your camera before. Give them all the facts.”