Advertisement

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

In this Sept. 14, 2020 photo, an electric fence surrounds a campaign sign for President Donald Trump in John Oliveira's yard in New Bedford, Mass. Oliveira said he installed the fence to protect his sign after several were stolen from his lawn during the summer. (John Oliveira via AP) In this Sept. 14, 2020 photo, an electric fence surrounds a campaign sign for President Donald Trump in John Oliveira's yard in New Bedford, Mass. Oliveira said he installed the fence to protect his sign after several were stolen from his lawn during the summer. (John Oliveira via AP) | Photo: AP.

AP
Updated: September 18, 2020 02:13 PM
Created: September 18, 2020 01:24 PM

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it.

John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford School Committee, put the fence up a few weeks ago.

Advertisement

Oliveira told Southcoasttoday.com, which first reported the story, that he started displaying a Trump sign on his lawn in late May. The first one disappeared in July.

In all, six signs were taken, he told The Boston Globe.

His latest sign has not been stolen since the fence went up.

"I'm defending my property and my right to free speech," he said.

The yellow and black solar-powered fence, purchased from a farm supply store, is about 3 1/2 feet high. It has warning signs in English, Spanish and French.

He has informed police of the thefts.

The fence is not pretty, he acknowledged. "But I'm not going to not put a sign up because somebody keeps stealing it or somebody keeps taking it because they don't like what I'm saying," he said.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Bethlehem High School goes remote Tuesday after positive virus case

Schenectady County reports 63 new COVID-19 cases

Biden set to formally introduce his national security team

Passengers comfortable flying during pandemic

Albany cop and local chef partner together to feed families in need

Advertisement