Can I legally videotape my neighbors?
My neighbors do hard drugs on their side porch and I was wondering if it was a violation of their privacy if I video tape them from the interior of my house. I would like to have them evicted as I don't want to live next door to **** users but it's my word against theirs unless I can get evidence for the police. They also have two young children and I think Child Protective Services should be notified in case their is any abuse going on.
Usually, if you can see it from your property, you could videotape it. When taping other people on their private property (rather than in/on public property), it is a bit muddier, however, and anyway, do you really want to be possibly seen or identified by hard drug users as videotaping them. Far better would be to make an anonymous tip to the police and allow the proper, trained, and armed authorities deal with it. Similarly, you could make a tip to Child Protective Services if you have legitimate grounds to believe it's an unsafe home environment.