Friendliness vs. Wariness

Here is an ad that I placed on craigslist:

While distributing the neighborhood newsletter door to door the other day, I noticed that people give subtle cues regarding their:
1) level of friendliness
2) emphasis on security

While many properties are neutral on these matters, I wanted our property to reflect that we are very friendly and yet also maintain a high level of security. Because we have large, loud dogs, we keep our gate closed at all times. This can be regarded as non-friendly. To moderate this non-approachable/friendly identity, I made the sign in the picture. For people approaching our property with good intentions, they know that all they have to do is to honk to get our attention. This removes the stigma that honking is obnoxious. People with bad intentions will be hesitant to honk and draw attention to themselves. If they don’t honk, we will naturally suspect their intentions and will be more wary of such people. If they do honk, we’ll be alerted to their presence.

I have made a stencil of the sign which measures 28″ x 21″. If you would like a sign, it can be painted any color, but I only have the orange color shown in the picture in exterior semi-gloss. I do have a cream semi-gloss in interior enamel and a light yellowish/beige in interior enamel. For an extra charge I can buy paint in any color, however, or you can provide the paint.

Here is a link to our blog: and to our neighborhood newsletter blog:

Phone: 3 six 0, 496 zero zero 58

Here is a link to the craigslist ad:



~ by Anuttama on September 25, 2012.

One Response to “Friendliness vs. Wariness”

  1. That’s a good idea. I keep my livestock in their pens and paddocks and usually leave the main gate open. I might make one of these signs, I like the logic behind it!

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