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The American Prospect looks at the use of police powers to enforce law on private property. The story reveals that police officers - often in uniform - are hired by private developments to enforce their private parking, speeding, trespassing, loitering, etc. rules. Cops cannot give a speeding ticket to someone who is violating a private speeding limit on a private speed, but they could consider arresting the violator for 'operating to endanger,' the magazine reveals. The reporter finds that "taken together, these moves represent a qualitative, though little noted, expansion of public law enforcement into the realm of private space." A major finding is that the approximately 25,000 private communities that already pay for their own private security patrols could argue successfully that they should not have to pay to support the public police system because they are policing themselves.
A WBRZ-TV investigation compares the security of gated and non-gated apartment complexes. The analysis of crime statistics surprisingly finds "that in most areas non-gated apartments are safer," and that some criminals might be actually more attracted to gated communities. The story details how "many people pay the extra money each month for the added security of a gated apartment complex," although some of these widely advertised complexes "didn't even have a fence."
Gated communities and cul-de-sacs have been sprouting up at a rapid pace in Chicago. The article explores the motivations behind the trend. Some defend the measures as important for abating traffic and crime; others say they are meant to separate racial and socioeconomic groups.