Neighbors from hell
I bought a house (fixer upper) about a year ago. Still in the process of updating it though I am living there. In the country, in a nice quiet neighborhood on 2 acres with nice quiet neighbors that keep to themselves. Was the perfect place. Until the people next door moved in. They seemed fine at first. Same age as me (30's) with two kids that are about 10-13 years old. They have lived there about 3 months and I can't take it anymore. First, their kids are constantly on my property. They destroy things. I have two apple trees that sit close to their property line. I came home two weeks ago to one of their girls pulling live branches off apple tree while beating the trunk with an ax. I told her to stop (sternly) and she said she was pulling off dead branches (while holding green live ones) I advised that the trees were on my property and to please leave them alone. Her parents were sitting on the porch 50 feet away watching this. They did nothing.
Their kids have also broke a window in my barn (again not even close to to their property. I can't prove it and didn't say anything to them but did post no trespassing signs. Over the summer I've had yellow jackets make nests in my yard and I worry about their kids wandering onto my property and getting stung or hurt. This past weekend I came home to find my neighbor target practicing on MY property. He had his target set up right in front of my barn!!! I confronted him and he stalked off and then I appologized and we were civil and he said he didn't know where the property line was (a lie because he's asked me before and I've pointed it out) he moved his target back into his yard and went inside. I thought everything was straightened out but last night I came home and he had his target set up RIGHT ON MY PROPERTY LINE facing my house!!! I know there are laws that you can not target practice within 400 feet of a residence or building. He was not only closer than that but he is shooting (bow and arrow) in the direction of my house and property so if he misses his target he has to come onto my property to retreive his arrows.
I was going to talk to him again but obviously he isn't being a good neighbor or he wouldn't have spitefully set up his target literally ON the property line so I called the police. They came out and advised him what he was doing is illegal and had him move his target away from my property and made him face it toward HIS house. He has woods behind his house and beside his house and so I know he deliberately faced it toward my property because it would be safer and make more sense to face it toward his woods in two other directions.
I feel bad for calling the police and I'm sure things will be strained and I'm worried he might retaliate by breaking windows in my house or something but I can't stand people who are deliberate a**holes. I wouldn't dream of just walking on their property or letting my dogs run on their property or parking on it or anything. I respect their property boundaries and have never moved anything, or tresspassed. However, they seem to think my property is a free for all to let their kids run around, trash my plants, go through my shed, etc. It's gotten so bad I'm thinking of moving. What would you do?