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Published:January 4th, 2009 20:29 EST
barbed wire

Newark Enforces Ban On Barbed Wire Fences

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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.