If my son stole a bike from a neighbor’s yard, can the owner of the bike post my sons name and address on an online neighborhood watch site?

The bike was retrieved the following morning.

Asked on August 2, 2014 under Personal Injury, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the neighbor can, so long as the information is truthful: true statements are not defamation, for one thing; and for another thing, there is no privacy expectation or right preventing one person from publishing information about something which another person did to the first person or the first person's property, and no privacy right to prevent the perpetrator of a crime from his crime published.

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