Shmira Advisory Report
Sunday June 15, 2008 at approximately 5:30pm a pair of young African American boys tried climbing over the gate in front of 770 Lefferts Avenue between Troy and Schenectady Avenue while throwing sticks and other objects at the Jewish boys playing under the building. Shmira was called. When the Shmira members arrived the African American boys had already dispersed and were walking down the block. One of the Shmira members approached the boys and asked them to please refrain from entering the building premises in the future.
Traditionally, for either type of trespass — criminal or civil — some level of intent is required. Thus, the trespasser must not simply unwittingly traverse another’s land but must knowingly go onto the property without permission. Knowledge may be inferred when the owner tells the trespasser not to go on the land, when the land is fenced, or when a “no trespassing” sign is posted. Therefore Shmira strongly advises all home owners and building managers to post multiple “No Trespassing” signs in plain sight on the outermost entrance ways to your property.