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01/04/2009 11:32 PM ID: 75981 Permalink   

Newark, NJ Enforces Barbed Wire Ban, Burglaries Increase


In an effort to restore beauty and appeal to the city, Newark code enforcement officials have recently begun enforcement of a 42 year old ban on barbed and razor wire atop fences within the city. Since then, burglaries have increase by 17% from 2007.

One local auto repair shop owner reports that since the City made him remove the wire from his fence, he has been burglarized about a dozen times. The efforts to beautify the city seem to have made it much more attractive indeed, to thieves.

The mayor has said, "We understand the concerns of local business owners and will continue to work with property owners to resolve this matter. The city will be reviewing the ordinance to come up with a solution that addresses all concerns."

    WebReporter: bbeljefe Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
But correlation does not equal causation.

It's only valid as a reason if nothing else has changed.

Was 2008's crime up from years other than 2007? Also notice that robberies and assaults rose in 2008... it's likely something else was at play here (alongside OR instead of the barbed-wire removal).

Another case of media misrepresenting stats.
  by: p_g_chris   01/05/2009 01:26 AM     
i like how the mayor says they will work with small businesses to rectify.. just means they are gonna pretend to listen until the problem buries itself or blows over. no barb wires? ok i get to set up claymore mines and trip wires to make them fall on deadly traps.
  by: DRK   01/05/2009 02:52 AM     
  Time for-  
Electric fences!
  by: pariahpoet   01/05/2009 06:16 AM     
The current economic disarray we are currently in is the likely cause of the increase in burglaries, not the removal of barbed wire. Did MSNBC suddenly forget that we are in a recession, that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been canned? That during recessions, crime waves are bound to happen? GAH!
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/05/2009 06:55 AM     
  Read the source guys,  
burglaries and aggravated assaults have increased. Homicides have decreased. This story is about burglary of businesses, nothing else.

  by: bbeljefe     01/05/2009 11:25 AM     
  Whoda thunk it  
removal of a theft detterent device no longer deters theives...

you made your city look more attractive, but you banned something that had previously kept crooks out and this will no doubt increase the insurance that business are paying.

way to fix the problem.
  by: teh_epic     01/05/2009 07:09 PM     
they should ban doors and gates.
  by: rogeratvfan   01/05/2009 07:59 PM     
  Newark should make it legal  
for business owners to shoot and kill burglars. I bet that burglaries drop significantly.
  by: walter3ca   01/06/2009 03:01 AM     
This is New Jersey we're talking about. It's already in the dumps.
  by: aysos   01/06/2009 04:03 PM     
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