I have a nosy homeowners association that enters anytime they want....my privacy is not respected. I have purchased an identical Schlage set, have removed all the screws I can, but the covers don't drop off. Any suggestions for removal without damaging the wooden door?
If you have an identical lockset, then you know exactly how many fastening screws there are. If removing them all doesn't loosen the cover plates, they must be held in place by adhesion to the door's finish.
Using your sharpest knife, carefully cut the paint or varnish adjacent to the cover plates. Score it all the way round, the gently work the knife point under the edge of the cover. Be very patient and pry only a little bit at a time.
You will improve with practice, so work on the inside cover plate first, leading to less damage around the outside cover to attract the attention of the HOA snoops.
Some types of locksets the whole cover screws on and off, using something like a strap wrench. Normally the inside cover is the one you can unscrew (for obvious reasons.)
If, as would be implied, you own the home, you could also bore for and add a new lockset, to be non-subtle about it. Or half a dozen, to be REALLY non subtle about it, and a few chains as well for when you are home.
However, I do think that gaining video and/or photographic evidence would be an excellent idea, particularly if it turns out to be some other person with a key gaining access. I consider replacing all the locks to be a critical part of moving into a new house - you have no idea who might have a "spare key" from the former occupants, or know that there's one under the third rock to the left of the door they forgot to tell you about. Clear video evidence can be very useful, even if all you do is make sure that every one of your neighbors and the local media has a copy of it before the next homeowners association meeting, so you can foment a tidy revolt.