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February 13, 2012


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I have worked around fences in other areas of the world, mainly around the Gaza strip, where fences, separated Gaza from Israel, in places Gaza from Egypt, and in other places Egypt from Israel. I have also worked the West Bank where in many cases a very tall wall separates Israel from the West Bank. Interestingly they have a similar problem, where the wall separates some Palestinian farmers from their lands, and a coded fence is used, or is trying to be used.

I think a security method like CPTED (Crime Prevention Thru Environmental Design) Would be an effective answer to the placement and usage of the Barrier between Mexico and US.

CPTED allows the security issues to be addressed in a more ownership based way, yet addressees the overreaching crime problem. Gates are not as needed, as restricting path ways of crime is. CBP and the land owners can work out pathways that are not to problematic to the land owners, yet provide impediments to the the crime path.

As you stated the fence is not a total solution, as the wall in Israel has not been a total solution, people will find ways around it. So using CPTED path principals will help answer both sides needs, and perhaps keep us all safer.


I've heard more then one B P agent say "They will go over it under it or around it". I have seen a lot of changes along the parts of the border I'm familiar with, some are necessary, some aren't. I have never favored the fence idea, in urban areas it can sense.

I know it's a lot of money. I don't know how much input the sector chief's have in the decision making processes on how the money is spent. I do know the fence is political. I do know there is money ear marked for the fence only regardless of whether the sector chief wants a fence or not. I am reasonable sure some of these sector chief's, if they had a choice, would use some or all the money on some thing else.

No disrespect intended here but, I do know cops are a lot like politicians, you offer them more money to do there job and they'll never say no.

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