Park 'n' Ride- Safest spot in Carrboro/Chapel Hill...
It's hard to believe
that only a short couple of years ago The UNC Park 'n' Ride
on Estes Drive Estension was listed as one of the highest
crime spots in the county. After a rash of break ins that
relieved unsuspecting parkers of their radios, handbags and
Chemistry textbooks, UNC decided that it was time to take
a stand! After all, this is UNC.... if there is any stealing
going on, it's going to be happening on the basketball court
or the baseball diamond.
was a lot faster than expected. There are few spots in the
world that can claim they went from the highest crime rates
to No Crime rates! We are truly blessed to be in one of those
The Carrboro News
decided that it was high time we took a trip out to the Park
'n' Ride to see how this minor modern miracle was accomplished
and if there would be any way to apply their crimestopping
techniques to the greater Chapel Hill/Carrboro region.
As soon as we pulled
up to the gates we saw that we had come upon a crimestopping
marvel. Our first thought was.... impenetrable, but that was
only the first impression... after finding out exactly how
the barriors were set up and what was to come in the future
we reallized that it was.... REALLY, REALLY impenetrable and
if we used this same technique with our residential houses,
crime would come to a standstill. No longer would we have
to read the Police Blotter to see which of our neighbors'
houses and cars had been violated.
if applied to homes, would be a little confining and maybe
not quite the small town image that we are striving so hard
to achieve...but at least we would be safe!
you can see this little impenetrable fence surrounding your
house but can you see the mine fields?
When you see the
fence it becomes obvious why there have been no radios stolen
from cars in the Park 'n' Ride. No one in their right mind
would try to climb the fence and risk cutting their shirt,
pants or Air Jordan Sneakers on the rolls of razor wire encircling
the top of the fence. But what you don't see and don't know
is there would stop you from evening thinking about scaling
the fence, if by chance you were thinking about it. UNC is
in the process of planting a mine field completely circling
the Park 'n' Ride. Most people never even get to the fence
as they don't make it past the mine field.
"We want to
make sure that we have put an end to all crime in this area.",
one UNC crimestopping employee told The Carrboro News. "Some
people may think this is excessive, but all we can say is
that we did what was necessary. Look at the crime rate in
town....abominable! But our little Shangri La is crime free
and getting even more so every day!"
Just as Jesus has
told the world that "if you give a man a fish you feed
him for a day, if you teach a man you don't have to worry
about feeding him for life", UNC's Park 'n' Ride mantra
is "Stop a man with a barb wire fence and you stop him
for a day, stop a man with a mine field and you stop him for
life!" This amazing crimestopper has not only lowered
the number of crimes in the area, but has also lowered the
number of criminals in the area. With each detonation, there
is a pretty good chance that we have one less criminal!
And so The Carrboro
News is kicking off it's new Zero Crime Program..... barbed
wire fences and minefields around all houses. A gun is no
protection against a criminal who could easily have a gun
of his own, but how many criminals do you know who travel
with a mine or a mine sweeper?