Corbin Prydwen was fed up with prostitutes plying their trade in front of his home. After asking them to leave did not work, he erected signs to tell the ladies of the evening they were not welcome near his property.
Prydwen moved into his home in the Mountain View area of Roanoke in June. He told WSLS he moved there because "I love the historic homes, the character, the charm. It's a great neighborhood."
But the area Prydwen moved to has a problem. The street he lives on is frequented by hookers. According to Prydwen, three to four prostitutes hang around in front of his home beginning in the afternoon. And he decided to do something about it.
Prydwen began by being nice; he asked them to leave the street in front of his home. He is quoted by WDBJ as saying, "I asked them nicely please don't stand on my corner and I've gotten a negative response from them. I've actually had a knife pulled on me by one of them."
When making nice didn't work, Prydwen erected signs on his lawn that say "No more hookers!" as well as a stop sign. The resident placed floodlights around the signs so his unwanted guests can see them at night.
While the women that hang around in front of Prydwen's house may not be happy hookers when they see the signs, his neighbours seem to be pleased. UPI quotes neighbour Rose Son as saying, "I'm glad [he's doing it]. I do agree with him. We've got kids. They don't want to see that nasty crap."
So what do the police think about what Prydwen is doing? They are not optimistic the signs will do any good. Captain Monti Lee, of the Roanoke City Police Department, is quoted in Huffington Post as saying, "From the past, it [the neighbourhood] was known as an area for prostitution and thus the people looking for prostitution and the prostitutes know it's an area to come."
Since January, police have arrested eight prostitutes and 16 johns in the neighbourhood.