I'd use game cameras. They're meant for long life on a set of batteries. Plus she could plausibly say she wants to see what's been crawling around her property.
You only own, what you can defend. The neighbors know this.
Def. a good suggestion. one she might go for...( she's taken down a few Moose during her time in the North, even brought me some homemade Moose jerky a few years back)
and when i said the neighbors were trouble maker relatives...nobody's stealing anything, they're being purposefully Petty and trying to get the law involved in things they(the law) have no time or need to be involved in... this could get a bit long...
It's her Ex Husband's Brother and His wife. she bought the land next to them. (at the time I suggested doing so might lead to some...issues...."no, i get along with them fine, just not [the Ex].")
she has the property surveyed. Turns out brother in law's Fence is 2 feet onto her Property(and he's got stone driveway all the way to the fence). and one of his Trees is on Her side of the line.(and his burn barrel, and a trailer that hasn't been on the road in 5 years, etc)
he says well a couple of the posts are Rotten, so the fence had to come down anyway.
then he says he wants her to pay him like a grand for the blue spruce that he planted on her side of the property line. (umm..no..)
Better part of a year goes by, before they move the fence, but they call the township to come inspect the property, b/c the grass and weeds were over grown. (initially HE was going to mow it since he lives next door). and tell they inspector that her wood stove in the shouse isn't installed properly and is in code violation.( how would they know that if they weren't poking around inside, for the record, it wasn't installed at all.
she bought the stove last fall, put it and the pipes,et all just inside the place. but made no effort to install it at that time.) so she gets a call - in Alaska - from one of the township trustees, that she needs to have it mowed., and a short discussion on building codes, yadda yadda. so now she has a guy who lives up the road comes and mows it once a month or so.(she grew up on this road, knows everybody out there)
nosy ex sister-in law also had called some "plant expert" out to identify what was growing in the lot, and apparently "they found several types of noxious weeds!"
she's also called the township about the car that's been parked there for several months " she has people living in there, and it's not a legal residence" or something..i can't remember the exact wording, but yes, it's basically a 2 car Garage, with a little 12*20 studio up front, with no plumbing, electricity, running water, etc. but no, no one is Living there. if her oldest son comes up from columbus he might sleep there for a night or 2, but nothing more than camping.
the only reasons that car has been parked there, are 1) it's the car the owner's son had with him @ Fort Hood, and he got deployed to Korea, so they shipped it back home, and 2) the plates expired in Jan.
day before yesterday I go over there to help them paint the Shouse. they whole time the group of us is there painting,( 4 painters, and one handy man inside properly installing the stove, and building in a staircase to the lofted storage above the Studio) there's "Gladys Kravitz", in her dressing gown, standing at the end of the fence, taking pictures/filming us with her phone,..
we'd just turn and wave..
so you know, the FUN kinds of family drama....OI!