Local Police Are Warning If You Spot Purple Fence Posts To Get Away As Soon As You Can

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I have never been to Texas, sadly, but for those who spend a lot of time there, coming across a fence post or tree painted purple may be a normal sighting. Some may know what it means but for those who don't it might be a good idea to get informed because it could save you a fine, a trip to jail, or worse --- the grave.

Texas and other states with the purple paint law allow residents and land owners to mark the outskirts of their territory with bright purple spray paint. Instead of building a wall or fence around the property, Texans and residents of other states with a similar law understand that purple paint means no trespassing…

The list of states that do this are:

-North Carolina

The reason behind it is that these states, in particular, have unpredictable weather and "No Trespassing" signs can be easily blown away. 

And as any Texan understands, if someone has a sprawling patch of land, how are they supposed to monitor their property’s borders if they have to do so much on a daily basis? It’s just too much work for anyone to do on top of farming their land or managing their cattle.

Because the landowners in Texas and other states with the purple paint law have so much land to watch over, they probably wouldn’t notice a single “No Trespassing” sign missing in the first place. It’s not like they go around checking on that every day.

Besides telling any passerby that the land beyond belongs to someone, the purple mark is also known as “No Hunting Purple.” It signifies to hunters that this property belongs to an individual and to stay clear. It can help keep people out of their properties and keep people safe from stray bullets.

So if you happen to step into a property marked with purple paint then you enter at your own risk and if you get shot or injured the only person you can blame is yourself.

There are certain guidelines that property owners must abide by though. According to Central Texas Geocachers, Purple paint markings in Texas “must be: vertical, at least 8 inches long, at least 1 inch wide. [The] bottom of the mark should be between 3-5 feet above the ground. Markings can be no more than 100 feet apart in timberland. Markings can be no more than 1,000 feet apart on open land, [and] they must be in a place visible by those approaching the property.”

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