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    I was in my living room at 5:45pm, looked out the window and saw Jerry (neighbor) and a man conversing. It seemed odd to me that a person walks up on property and starts taking photos of his property and my horse barns so I went over to my neighbor's house and asked about this and this is what was said:

    Jerry/Connie (neighbors) were sitting in their dining room and saw a man in their driveway taking pictures of their property & my horse barns. Jerry went over to him and asked what he was doing, the man said he just moved here from China, working for Kodak and has a new camera, saw their property and had to take some photos. Jerry said ok and the man took 3 photos of his house, my barns and one where he was in the photo with the property in the background. The man walked down the road – disappeared with no vehicle in sight…….

    I am Neighborhood Watch Captain in my town and always watch for unusual behaviour - this peeked my interest. My neighbor (has a beautiful property) did not want to call police as he didn't see a problem with a stranger taking photos of his property.

    I would of asked for a Kodak ID and then called police.

    I am thinking this is a scam - am I being too suspicious? What can I do about this?

  • #2
    Originally posted by 2411Show View Post
    I was in my living room at 5:45pm, looked out the window and saw Jerry (neighbor) and a man conversing. It seemed odd to me that a person walks up on property and starts taking photos of his property and my horse barns so I went over to my neighbor's house and asked about this and this is what was said:

    Jerry/Connie (neighbors) were sitting in their dining room and saw a man in their driveway taking pictures of their property & my horse barns. Jerry went over to him and asked what he was doing, the man said he just moved here from China, working for Kodak and has a new camera, saw their property and had to take some photos. Jerry said ok and the man took 3 photos of his house, my barns and one where he was in the photo with the property in the background. The man walked down the road – disappeared with no vehicle in sight…….

    I am Neighborhood Watch Captain in my town and always watch for unusual behaviour - this peeked my interest. My neighbor (has a beautiful property) did not want to call police as he didn't see a problem with a stranger taking photos of his property.

    I would of asked for a Kodak ID and then called police.

    I am thinking this is a scam - am I being too suspicious? What can I do about this?
    Two questions for you.

    1. Did he look Chinese
    2. What scam would be involoved in taking pictures. It was both his (neighbor) and your barn. Neighbor was in picture and though it was ok.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by VACOP1 View Post
      Two questions for you.

      1. Did he look Chinese
      2. What scam would be involoved in taking pictures. It was both his (neighbor) and your barn. Neighbor was in picture and though it was ok.

      1. No he did not.
      2. Neighbor was not in picture.

      I asked a few other neighbors this morning and they never saw anyone last night walking or a vehicle sitting on side of road.

      Maybe I am being too concerned but it is better to be that way than not care and have something happen.

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      • #4
        -A scam normally involves making mondey... I don't think he made any.
        -He can take pictures as long as he's on public property.
        -Would I be suspicous? Yes.
        -You can't do a lot about it, I assume this happened once. He left after he took a couple of pictures. Your neighbor didn't care.
        -I'm not a photographer, but I know a couple... they like to take pictures of EVERYTHING. They "see" beauty almost everywhere.

        -Keep an eye I out for him.

        -Be suspicous of EVERYBODY.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michigan View Post
          -A scam normally involves making mondey... I don't think he made any.
          -He can take pictures as long as he's on public property.
          -Would I be suspicous? Yes.
          -You can't do a lot about it, I assume this happened once. He left after he took a couple of pictures. Your neighbor didn't care.
          -I'm not a photographer, but I know a couple... they like to take pictures of EVERYTHING. They "see" beauty almost everywhere.

          -Keep an eye I out for him.

          -Be suspicous of EVERYBODY.
          He was on private property while taking the photos.

          Taking photos of my barns/indoor riding arena without MY permission.

          My neighbor is from Italy and doesn't understand english real well - that is why I watch their property.

          Yes, I am suspicious of everyone until they prove me wrong.........I will be watching as well as others on this road.

          Thank You!

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          • #6
            [http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapc...kes/index.html
            Last edited by Nobody; 10-08-2009, 09:24 AM.

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            • #7
              When the movie comes out, be sure to ask for photography fee for the shots of your property! Of course if it only runs in China it may be difficult to enforce
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              • #8
                I wonder if you're property will soon be onsale on Craigslist by your Kodak guy.

                It could be a scam of some sort, although you're not the likely target. It could just be weird. What its not is illegal. Yet.
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                • #9
                  I would be reasonably suspicious of everyone, however, this guy sounds harmless. Are you involved in any civil issues, insurance claims, workman's comp, civil lawsuits, ect........................
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                  • #10
                    Taking pictures of your property is not a crime. People can take pictures of whatever they want (license plates, cows, barns, or trumpets on your porch.) Walking on your property without a posted no tresspassing sign is also not a crime unless there were no trespassing signs or a forewarning from an owner or agent of the owner of the property, and a tresspass notice from police. Keep an eye out for him, if he comes back call the local police and have them stop him and id him. Other than that there is nothing else to do. I really wouldn't bend this and make it into a big deal. Yes, its suspicious and its not an everyday thing.

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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=Nobody;1982169]with your neighbors permission (once the neighbor came out and made contact anyway)

                      "right to be, right to see" - if he's legally allowed where he is, he can take pix of whatever he sees from there



                      sounds like you're being a good neighbor - may want to express why you're concerned about this type of 'visitor' to your neighbor so they understand - and i don't blame you a bit, even if legal i don't like people taking pix of me or my things.. We have lived at this location for 27 years and they have lived there for 29 years..they are wonderful people and good friends of ours. I did explain my concern.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PRESSHRD5COPIES View Post
                        I would be reasonably suspicious of everyone, however, this guy sounds harmless. Are you involved in any civil issues, insurance claims, workman's comp, civil lawsuits, ect........................
                        No to all mentioned..........

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                        • #13
                          Thank you to all for your advice. I hope this is a one time incident.

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                          • #14
                            Heck maybe he's going to show the pictures to his friends back home letting them know how well he's doing with "his" new luxurious home.......
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                            "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
                            Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 2411Show View Post
                              I was in my living room at 5:45pm, looked out the window and saw Jerry (neighbor) and a man conversing. It seemed odd to me that a person walks up on property and starts taking photos of his property and my horse barns so I went over to my neighbor's house and asked about this and this is what was said:

                              Jerry/Connie (neighbors) were sitting in their dining room and saw a man in their driveway taking pictures of their property & my horse barns. Jerry went over to him and asked what he was doing, the man said he just moved here from China, working for Kodak and has a new camera, saw their property and had to take some photos. Jerry said ok and the man took 3 photos of his house, my barns and one where he was in the photo with the property in the background. The man walked down the road – disappeared with no vehicle in sight…….

                              I am Neighborhood Watch Captain in my town and always watch for unusual behaviour - this peeked my interest. My neighbor (has a beautiful property) did not want to call police as he didn't see a problem with a stranger taking photos of his property.

                              I would of asked for a Kodak ID and then called police.

                              I am thinking this is a scam - am I being too suspicious? What can I do about this?
                              Sounds like he is casing the place so they can rob it blind. But that's just my paranoid opinion.

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