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  • noun The act of walking on private property
  • verb Present participle of trespass.

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  • adjective gradually intrusive without right or permission


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  • Purple paint has the same legal weight as "No Trespassing" signs in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas.

    The Purple Paint Statute (RSMO 569.145), provides yet another way for Missouri landowners to protect their property from trespassers. Landowners can still use "No Trespassing" signs; however, the Purple Paint Statute allows landowners to mark trees or posts with purple paint as a warning to would-be trespassers. Just like a "No Trespassing" sign or actual communication to individuals that no trespassing is allowed, the purple paint marks are considered to be adequate notice to the public that no trespassing is allowed on the property.

    Missouri's law is similar to one that has been used in Arkansas since 1989. These statutes were enacted to provide landowners with an economical and easy way to keep out unwanted trespassers. The law does not require that property marked with the purple paint also be fenced, thus it is an economical alternative for landowners who do not otherwise need to fence their property. Additionally, it prevents a problem encountered when using "No Trespassing" signs -- purple paint marks can't be taken down, destroyed, or stolen.

    Many people across the state are not aware that the statute exists. Regardless, the statute imputes notice to would-be trespassers. All land marked with purple paint in the manner described by the statute is considered to be adequate notice to the public. It fulfills the same function as a "No Trespassing" sign, a fence, or telling someone not to come onto your property.

    February 18, 2016

  • I love this. Thanks, vm!

    February 19, 2016

  • Does Nebraska have any purple paint statutes?

    In some states, purple paint means NO HUNTING. In other states, different colors of paint are used for NO TRESPASSING and NO HUNTING.

    February 20, 2016

  • Not that I know of, vm. When I was a kid we used to have big yellow and black hand-painted signs that said "POSTED NO HUNTING" but they never seemed to do much good.

    February 22, 2016