The city of Charlotte is considering a controversial proposal to cut back on crime — but some are questioning whether it will be worth it.
The police department and City Council are discussing whether to keep entire swaths of residents — people with past arrests — out of “high-crime areas” and designate them as “public safety zones,” the Charlotte Observer reports.
Someone who has been arrested for crimes in the area would be committing a misdemeanor just for entering the designated safety zone. People who have to, for example, go to work or pick up children in the area would have to make an appeal before doing so.
Charlotte is experiencing a spike in violent crime, including homicides, the Observer reports. The city has tried a heavy-handed approach, including a gang injunction and an ordinance that allows the city to seize private property of residences that have a lot of police activity.
But the Charlotte public safety committee chair isn’t convinced the public safety zones will work.
“Truthfully, I don’t know if they will do any good,” City Councilwoman Claire Fallon said. “If someone doesn’t obey the law, do you think a safety zone will impress them?”
She added that the zones may just move crime around instead of stopping it.