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Don't forget to lock your doorsby michael • April 24 2008
Are you sitting down? Jerusalemite has just learned of something so shocking, so surprising, that it may well reorder your understanding of reality. If you choose to stop reading, to remain in a world you find safe and familiar, however false it may be, Jerusalemite understands. You, dear reader, have been warned.
It turns out, as a recent Haaretz article reveals, that when developers build neighborhoods of sprawling luxury apartments and sell the apartments exclusively to wealthy foreigners who use them as vacation homes, leaving the neighborhoods completely empty of residents for much of the year, that the vacant apartments, filled with all the comforts of a high-class home, become...targets for thieves.
Who could have predicted this?
Not the Jerusalem Police, in any case.
All that money, and nobody thought to set aside a bit of it to pay for year-round security.
The police department, for its part, deflected criticism of the rash of thefts by holding a press conference in which District Police Chief Aharon Franco announced, his face shining with childlike wonder, that the city's police had just ascertained that the grass was green.
Photo of luxury neighborhood Kfar David courtesy of Magister from Wikipedia
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