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Business owner cited for 'protecting' property

Kai Porter
July 19, 2018 06:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A barbed wire fence has led to a battle between a business owner and the City of Albuquerque.

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The city is taking the business owner to court for violating a city ordinance, which bans barbed wire fences.

Robert Vick, the owner of Vick's Vittles Country Kitchen, has started a petition to change the ordinance.

He says the fence is the only thing keeping criminals from wreaking havoc on his property.

"I don't want to be a criminal,” said Vick. “I don't want to be a lawbreaker. But what's going on is breaking the law - all these criminals attacking us. We need to be able to protect our property."

In less than a week, 200 people have signed Vick's petition.

"We're looking for 1,000 plus signatures if we can get them," he said.

In 2015, KOB reported on three burglaries, that happened in a week’s span, at Vick’s business.

Since then, Vick says he's spent $27,000 fixing the damage from break-ins and vandalism.

"I have problems weekly that we have to deal with," he said.

In June, the city issued Vick three notices for his barbed wire fence, which means the matter now heads to court.

Vick could face up to 90 days in jail and a hefty fine.

But he's willing to face the consequences.

"City council and the city itself should be able to turn around and look at the situation in neighborhoods and make adjustments to help the neighbors, like in our case the crime problem, until they could do something about it," said Vick.

Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis says he's asked the city's planning department to stop enforcing the ordinance until next month, when the council can consider changing it.

Planning officials say they will consider Davis' request once they receive it in writing.

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