January 5, 2009

FIRST THE CLAMPDOWN, THEN THE COSMETICS:

Wire ban lures thieves, critics say: Burglaries rise as city tries to clean image (AP, 1/05/09)

Some business owners in this crime-plagued city say recent enforcement of a decades-old ordinance prohibiting some types of barbed wire and razor wire is making Newark more attractive - to thieves.

Burglaries are up 17 percent from 2007 through November in Newark, which has a young, charismatic mayor who has vowed to help the city rebound from decades of official inaction, incompetence and outright criminality.

The city is aggressively courting new investment and development, but people who have been ordered to downgrade their fences say officials are worried more about aesthetics than security.


Once some considerable portion of the population is behind prison wire then you can relax the amount of wire that surrounds decent folk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2009 9:37 AM
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