Minneapolis May Restrict Alleys In Anticrime Fight


Minneapolis may make its 455 miles of alleys off-limits to strangers under a proposed ordinance intended to curtail crime, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The proposal would prohibit anyone from walking in an alley who doesn’t live on that block or who isn’t a guest of someone who does. Police, paramedics, and firefighters would be exempt, as would garbage haulers, meter readers, code inspectors, and others whose jobs take them there. “I see so much crime occurring in the alleys. It’s a quick getaway,” said police officer Mike Killebrew. “If you don’t live there on that block there’s no reason to be in the alley.”

Gordon Anderson, a resident walking down a paved alley, called the proposal “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. The whole country seems to be going to the Soviet Union, I’ll tell you that.” Yet city council member Barbara Johnson, said, “Our constituents frequently complain that people walk through the alleys and they’re really basically casing garages, using the alleys for places to sell drugs.” Acting Police Chief Tim Dolan said criminals “use the increased concealment provided by our metro alleys” for burglaries and other crimes. “This ordinance will give officers a tool to use on those who are prowling neighborhoods on foot looking for a crime of opportunity.”

Link: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/463664.html

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