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."