Taking Pictures of People's Home

Taking Pictures of People's Home

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Wondering

Rupert, WV

#1 Nov 8, 2008
Why are out of state cars (from Missouri) driving around and taking pictures of people's homes? I live up an unmarked paved road and looked out to see people at the end of the driveway taking pictures of our home. They got in their car, drove by real slow, stopped when they got past the house but still viewing our property and took more pictures. Then they turned around and drove past real slow. My son was outside and waved at the people but they only stared and drove on by. Someone else in our neighborhood said once before someone from out of state had drove by and took pictures of their hom but not sure what state it was they were from. Any idea what is going on? Just thought it was strange because we don't have a fancy home or anything and where we live is out of the way.
MrsStoneking

Victoria, TX

#2 Nov 9, 2008
Is there a chance that they are people that used to live in the area or even in the same house growing up as a child? There are a lot of older sentimental people travel "home" in the summer and early fall.
Dennis

Conroe, TX

#3 Nov 11, 2008
MrsStoneking is probably right, or maybe it is because Missouri is the "Show Me" state?
Jake

Saint Charles, IA

#4 Nov 19, 2008
Someone just drove by my house stopped in the driveway and drove around my circle drive and took pictures of my house. Then came back the way he came. Very creepy. I couldn't catch the license plate though.
Geez

United States

#5 Nov 20, 2008
Hit the vehicle with a rock. When "IF" they stop ... Well, you'll find out why then. Could be perv's taking photos of children. You never know. Someone take pictures of my house, they WILL be stopped.
geez

United States

#6 Nov 20, 2008
Hit the vehicle with a rock. When they stop ... Well, you'll find out.
wvgirl

Charleston, WV

#7 Nov 20, 2008
do you think they are looking for those box homes
Dennis

Conroe, TX

#8 Nov 20, 2008
You mean the homes folks used to order out of the Sears or Monkey Wards catalogues? That's a possibility.
danny boy

Gainesville, FL

#9 Nov 20, 2008
Google is mapping the whole country when they are done all you have to do is google in a phone number then it will give you the name of the person and a birds eye view [street level] of their house..Most of Florida is done I can google my daughters house and read the house # over the garage.it's works like a web cam and you can move it from house to house.. The other daughter lives out in the middle of no were on a dead end road, same results.. persons with unlisted phone #'s can avoid this

Since: Feb 08

Greenwood WV

#10 Nov 20, 2008
That would give me the creeps.

“......Country Girl......”

Since: Nov 08

Pine Grove, WV

#11 Nov 20, 2008
I still hold firm to the idea thats these are sentimental travels that grew up in the area. I have seen many examples of this lately in my area. I am only 21 but when I go back home I take hundreds of pictures of the area and I'm also very guilty of taking pictures of places as I drive by because I like a pretty tree in the front yard or just a broad shot of the scenery.

Also if anyone ever threw a rock (or anything else for that matter) at my car, there would be hell to pay. Also depending on the size of the rock and where on the car it hits you could cause the person to wreck and that could lead to many more problems.
Jenni Waugh

Woodlake, CA

#12 Aug 24, 2009
They are taking pictures of homes for the Mortgage companies doing property inspections. You may be refincing/late of mortgage payment/filed a Bk and even related with your property/facing foreclouser etc. The fica systems point system is requiring home propetity inspections. I do it and yes these picturs require us in most cases to have no contact with the mortgage holder. Check out Safeguard properties. City, Wells Fargo/ Chase/etc contract out with this company for homeproperty inspections.

“......Country Girl......”

Since: Nov 08

Pine Grove, WV

#13 Aug 24, 2009
I'm glad this topic came back up because I have some new information.

I don't know about the area you live in but I have heard some counties are switching their accessing records to digital copies which include pictures of homes. It helps the county keep a record of the value of the homes in the neighborhood.

ALSO! Do you live in a city that requires permits to do remodelling on your home? Remember to get the proper permits to do the work. If you have been doing work on your house without a permit and suddenly someone shows up taking pictures of your house, it might be the city code board.
mrst

United States

#14 Sep 1, 2009
I'm in ME, and a Colorado vehicle (license plate) has stopped outside my home twice now taking pictures and with binoculars. The first time, they drove off fast when they saw me in the window. I told my father in law ( a judge ) this and he said to immediately call the police without alerting the person outside. When the police show up, they will find out what's going on. I find this very disturbing, especially those of us with small children. If people are "sentimental" why don't they have the courtesy to ask the present owner if they can photograph the house?
Hwy Geez

Brentwood, NY

#15 Sep 25, 2009
Hitting the car with a rock would be a criminal act. Taking a picture of somebody's home, on the other hand, is not a criminal act. So go ahead, throw some rocks so that if you hit the person in the head, he/she will be sure to sue you, provided you haven't killed them with that rock. Then, that criminal act would become a felony. The people having the pictures taken of their homes are delinquent on their mortgages and the banks have every right to check on the houses, considering that they hold the financial stake in them.
weird

Charleston, WV

#16 Sep 27, 2009
Wondering wrote:
Why are out of state cars (from Missouri) driving around and taking pictures of people's homes? I live up an unmarked paved road and looked out to see people at the end of the driveway taking pictures of our home. They got in their car, drove by real slow, stopped when they got past the house but still viewing our property and took more pictures. Then they turned around and drove past real slow. My son was outside and waved at the people but they only stared and drove on by. Someone else in our neighborhood said once before someone from out of state had drove by and took pictures of their hom but not sure what state it was they were from. Any idea what is going on? Just thought it was strange because we don't have a fancy home or anything and where we live is out of the way.
that's really strange, i prob would have called the police right there. or tried to stop them , then again, i prob would have got all redneck on them and followed them out of there and scared them real good so they wouldnt come back
weird

Charleston, WV

#17 Sep 27, 2009
MrsStoneking wrote:
Is there a chance that they are people that used to live in the area or even in the same house growing up as a child? There are a lot of older sentimental people travel "home" in the summer and early fall.
yeah, that could be too, somebody that used to live here, that just wanted pics...maybe your home is on their old fam property or something
weird

Charleston, WV

#18 Sep 27, 2009
Jake wrote:
Someone just drove by my house stopped in the driveway and drove around my circle drive and took pictures of my house. Then came back the way he came. Very creepy. I couldn't catch the license plate though.
yeah try to get the plate number, or even take a pic of the car
weird

Charleston, WV

#19 Sep 27, 2009
danny boy wrote:
Google is mapping the whole country when they are done all you have to do is google in a phone number then it will give you the name of the person and a birds eye view [street level] of their house..Most of Florida is done I can google my daughters house and read the house # over the garage.it's works like a web cam and you can move it from house to house.. The other daughter lives out in the middle of no were on a dead end road, same results.. persons with unlisted phone #'s can avoid this
i thought those pics were being taken by sattellite....so why would somebody drive out to do this...from Mis.?
weird

Charleston, WV

#20 Sep 27, 2009
mrst wrote:
I'm in ME, and a Colorado vehicle (license plate) has stopped outside my home twice now taking pictures and with binoculars. The first time, they drove off fast when they saw me in the window. I told my father in law ( a judge ) this and he said to immediately call the police without alerting the person outside. When the police show up, they will find out what's going on. I find this very disturbing, especially those of us with small children. If people are "sentimental" why don't they have the courtesy to ask the present owner if they can photograph the house?
yeah, the judge is right, dont let them know you see them out there and get the police there asap, so they can find out what they're doing...or you can do it the old redneck hillbilly way, and walk out there w/ a shotgun, and ask them yourself and tell 'em to get the h out of there...that's what my fam would do

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