Fence Sought By Crime-conscious Community

March 08, 1992

An Annapolis community association concerned about increasing streetcrime is applying for a federal Community Development Block Grant tofence off part of the neighborhood.

The Presidents Hill CommunityAssociation wants an 8-foot security fence that would run for about 250 feet behind the properties along Madison Place, off West Street. The fence is expected to cost about $10,000.

Baltimore Gas & Electric officials also have agreed to requests for brighter street lighting along the nearby inner West Street corridor to deter crime.

In mid-January, police arrested five women for alleged prostitution in one week and responded to a complaint that a state legislator was mugged in the area.

County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb said trespassing has been a recurrent problem at a house she owns at Madison Place.

About 10 days ago, one of her women tenantsthere was harassed by about 10 men, who either waited on her stoop or knocked on her door, Lamb said.

Lamb said she spent $300 to install floodlights, which helped cut down on the trespassing.

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