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Problem Properties

Problem properties, whether residential or commercial, create costly problems for cities and already struggling neighborhoods. They drain city budgets, detract from quality of life, and impede neighborhood redevelopment. Vacant and foreclosed properties often turn into a nuisance for communities, serving as a haven for illegal activity.

CSI’s experience demonstrates that working together, community developers and police can literally “build out of crime” by replacing crime-producing, nuisance properties with new or renovated commercial and residential developments. For example, partners can rehabilitate a notorious drug house into attractive multi-family housing or reduce prostitution on a commercial strip by refurbishing storefronts, adding lighting and building new retail space that increases foot traffic. In order to learn about best practices on preventing and rehabilitating problem properties visit our foreclosure, vacancy, nuisance, and absentee ownership pages.  


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Pod & Webcasts

  • Listen to the Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Crime in our Residential Properties webcast to learn how to effectively prevent and respond to criminal activity in problem properties. 
  • Click play to listen to Julia Ryan, CSI Program Director, discuss crime problems associated with vacant properties on the National Crime Prevention Council podcast. 

    National Crime Prevention Council interview: Julia Ryan


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