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Cary neighborhood takes aim at woman's anti-crime sign

Posted March 12

— The homeowners association in a Cary neighborhood has threatened to fine a woman who posted a graphic sign outside her home to scare off would-be burglars.

The sign reads "Nothing Inside is Worth Dying For" and shows the outline of a man used for target shooting that had been shot twice in the head and five times in the chest.

"What is a security sign supposed to do? It's supposed to deter crime," Laurie Cherico said Wednesday.

Cherico moved to the Carolina Preserve at Amberly development in November and posted the sign more than a month ago, saying making sure her grandchildren feel safe is important to her.

"Anything to deter crime, why would somebody be against that?" she asked.

Apparently, the homeowners association for Carolina Preserve, which recently notified her by letter that the sign might violate the community's design guidelines.

An association spokeswoman said Wednesday that the content of the sign isn't an issue, but Cherico didn't apply for permission to post it.

"We have security signs in the neighborhood, and I thought this is my security sign," said Cherico, a gun owner who has a conceal carry permit.

She said security signs typically don't need prior approval, but the association spokeswoman said other residents have complained about the sign.

The matter will go before an association committee, and she could be fined $100 per day if the panel finds the sign violates the rules and she doesn't remove it within 15 days.

"I intend to, you know, go all the way with it," Cherico said.

The association spokeswoman said no one in the 1,300-home community has ever been fined for a violation.

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  • jawsofsteel Mar 17, 7:32 p.m.

    Good for you. Your sign is no different than ADT posting signs to let people know there is security at your residence. Homeowner associations think they can infringe on our freedom of speech and I say sue the hell out of them. When they are broke put the sign up again.

  • I Love Global Warming Mar 14, 6:47 p.m.

    "Apparently, the homeowners association for Carolina Preserve, which recently notified her by letter that the sign might violate the community's design guidelines."

    I would like to see those "guidelines". This sign appears small and has only two colors. There is nothing "graphic" about it.

  • ziva Mar 14, 1:43 p.m.

    MIDNIGHTCLAY MAR 13, 6:03 P.M.

    I had posted the similar sign by my front door a few months ago and got some flack from a bunch of the liberals in the neighborhood. I took the sign down and replaced it with one that says

    " I HAVE A GUN BUT MY NEIGHBORS DON'T"

    TOO Funny!!!!!

  • williamcampbell29 Mar 14, 9:06 a.m.

    BEWARE of covenants and HOA's when you buy property. Most HOA boards are hopelessly... View More

    — Posted by williamcampbell29

    Nothing says "tasteful" better than bullet holes in the chest and head. riiiight.....

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Well placed rounds are indeed tasteful and a sign of skill and proficiency.

  • midnightclay Mar 13, 6:03 p.m.

    I had posted the similar sign by my front door a few months ago and got some flack from a bunch of the liberals in the neighborhood. I took the sign down and replaced it with one that says
    " I HAVE A GUN BUT MY NEIGHBORS DON'T"

  • RKBA Mar 13, 6:00 p.m.

    Here's an idea for the neighbors.

    How about minding your own business?

    I want one of those signs.

  • mistervegas Mar 13, 3:59 p.m.

    I want that sign too.

  • disgusted2010 Mar 13, 3:46 p.m.

    Years ago another Cary neighborhood protested when a policeman parked his patrol car at his... View More

    — Posted by Hatchcover

    They were absolutely right.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Once more, what is the reason for your hatred of law enforcement?

  • disgusted2010 Mar 13, 3:44 p.m.

    Despite whatever fantasies they might have given you in your concealed carry classes, the truth... View More

    — Posted by Super Hans

    You would not answer why you have a hatred of law enforcement yesterday, so today I'll ask what happened for you to have such a hatred of guns and anyone who owns one?

  • veryfrustrated1 Mar 13, 3:43 p.m.

    To each their own, but I've never felt the need to put up a sign stating that I will defend myself.

    — Posted by dws

    Exactly. This isnt about crime prevention as she is making herself a target (heh) by proudly... View More

    — Posted by Moist

    Another way of looking at it is to think about it from a burglars perspective. Are burglars more likely to break into the house where it is more likely, or less likely that they will be shot?

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