January 4th, 2009 19:29 EST
Newark Enforces Ban On Barbed Wire Fences
"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.
John DeSantis, owner of a lot used by an auto repair business in Newark`s West Ward, says his property has been the site of more than a dozen burglaries since the summer, when the city forced him to remove razor wire on top of the 7-foot-tall fence that surrounds the lot."
I can understand a ban on barbed wire in residential neighborhoods, they are an eyesore and a hazard to kids who`ve never met a fence they didn`t want to climb.
But it`s ludicrous to ban fences topped with razor wire from business establishments. An auto shop is going to be aesthetically unpleasing, with or without a barbed wire fence.
Many small businesses barely make a profit, the enforcement of this ludicrous law may force some small businesses to go bankrupt. How can Mr. DeSAntis turn a profit if his business has been burglarized a dozen times in less than a year?
When I`m at an auto repair shop I don`t expect expensive art in the waiting room, and I`m not turned off by a barbed wire chain link fence.
I`ve never been to Newark, but I know it has a reputation as a very ugly crime-ridden city. Forcing business owners to remove barbed wire fences isn`t going to help the crime problem, and it will do little to beautify the city.