If you see a painted purple fence, this is what it means

I’m SO glad I know this now.

People have been striving to defend their assets against vandals and intruders for many years.

Some people put up signs to remind others not to trespass, but vandals often destroy them. Now, property owners paint their fences purple to send the message: “Stay out.”

Certain U.S. states, like Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, have laws regulating the use of a distressed purple fence to indicate no trespassing. In contrast, states like Idaho and Montana opt for orange paint to serve the same purpose.

The reason why purple is the most appropriate color is because it is easy to distinguish, highly visible, and even recognizable by those who are color blind.

Using the color purple to show where one person’s property ends and another person’s property begins is something that people have been doing for a long time. It’s not a new idea at all. In fact, Arkansas made a law about it back in 1989.

In Texas, purple paint on posts or trees means no trespassing, while in North Carolina it means outdoor enthusiasts can cross the boundaries as long as they don’t fish, hunt, or trap.

Always be mindful of your surroundings when you’re outside to steer clear of any purple fences or trees that could cause problems.

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It is against the law to trespass in most countries, with the origins of this law tracing back to medieval England.

Those who commit such crimes may face incarceration for a period of months to years, and fines as high as $10,000 in certain locations.

If a property owner chooses to safeguard their property with purple paint, they must adhere to specific guidelines.

The vertical purple stripes need to be at least 1 inch wide and 8 inches long. They should be positioned 3-5 feet above the ground and spaced no more than 100 feet apart.

When painting trees, be sure to steer clear of oil-based paint as it may cause damage to them.

Spreading awareness about the significance of purple-painted fences is crucial in safeguarding property, plants, people, and wildlife.

Don’t forget to always respect private property.

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