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.
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. â€“ William C. Apgar, Mark Duda, and Rochelle Nawrocki Gorey, â€œThe Municipal Cost of Foreclosures: A Chicago Case Study,â€ February 27, 2005, p. 2.
Here are some links to articles specifically on this issue:
Hope that helps!
Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Esq.
Broker & Owner
REThink Real Estate, Inc.