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what are the stats on vacant homes that have been broken into?

Asked by Rick, 95035 Sat Oct 18, 2008

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Law enforcement agencies typically do not keep statistics on crime rates categorized by whether the property was vacant, but there is lots of anecdotal evidence to the effect that vacant homes harbor crime.

The only statistics I'm aware of are as follows:

A 2005 study by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Woodstock Institute found that, holding other factors constant, each foreclosure in a 100-house neighborhood corresponded to a 2.4 percent jump in violent crime.

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Homes in foreclosure that become vacant provide sites for crime or other neighborhood problems. One foreclosure can impose up to $34,000 in direct costs on local government agencies, including inspections, court actions, police and fire department efforts, potential demolition, unpaid water and sewage, and trash removal. – William C. Apgar, Mark Duda, and Rochelle Nawrocki Gorey, “The Municipal Cost of Foreclosures: A Chicago Case Study,” February 27, 2005, p. 2.

Here are some links to articles specifically on this issue:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04…

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/buggs/5810345.html

Hope that helps!

Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Esq.
Broker & Owner
REThink Real Estate, Inc.
Tara@REThinkRealEstate.com
http://www.REThinkRealEstate.com
510.910.6713
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 20, 2008
Rick,

We would assume the best source for this type of information would be the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most recent and accurate information and may have this in their database.
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