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Vacant and abandoned properties are prime locations to conduct illegal activities, are vulnerable to arson and accidental fire, can be dangerous for children, and can be a blight and eyesore to the community. As a result, both abandoned buildings and vacant lots can pose serious threats to the health, safety, and welfare of residents and adjacent properties.

Below are resources helpful in tackling crime in and around vacant properties


  • In the Hawthorne section of North Minneapolis, LISC helped form a unique collaboration of police and residents to make the neighborhood safer, after years of crime and decline. Download the Hawthorne EcoVillage case study in order to learn more about their efforts.

Pod & Webcasts

  • 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



Leveraging Code Enforcement for Neighborhood Safety: Insights for Community Developer 

Drawing on the best-practice strategies employed by winners of the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards over the last five years, this paper leads safety MORE...

Resurgence of the Waverly Neighborhood - Columbia, SC

Partners: Columbia Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), TN Development Corporation, and Columbia Police Department

The historic Waverly neighborhood is the oldest African-American community in Columbia, South Carolina. By the 1990s, the once prosperous area MORE...

Revitalizing Over-the-Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

Partners: Over the Rhine Revitalization Corporation, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful & Cincinnati Police Department

In recent years, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine (OTR), a poor neighborhood located in the heart of the city, has been plagued with heavy drug use and MORE...

Hawthorne EcoVillage - Minneapolis, MN 

Partners: Project for Pride in Living and Minneapolis Police Department

Beginning in 2005, the City of Minneapolis experienced a rapidly increasing number of foreclosures coupled with a declining housing market. The City worked with neighborhood MORE...

SUN Crime Committee - Syracuse, NY

Partners: Syracuse United Neighbors and the Syracuse Police Department

The Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN) Crime Committee represents an ongoing partnership between community residents, affordable housing developers and the Syracuse Police Department MORE...

North Common Neighborhood Revitalization - Lawrence, MA

Partners: Lawrence CommunityWorks & Lawrence Police Department

As one of the most blighted areas of the city, the North Common neighborhood had become a collection of vacant lots, transient residents and dilapidated housing. While the police department MORE...

There's No Place like A HOME - Phoenix, AZ

Partners: Neighborhood Housing Services & Phoenix Police Department

The Garfield Neighborhood is a diverse, historic front-porch community in the heart of downtown Phoenix. In the mid-1990s, Garfield had many deteriorated houses and vacant lots MORE...

Operation Cocoa Cleanup - Cocoa, FL 

Partners: Homes for Independence Inc. & City of Cocoa Police Department

Operation Cocoa Cleanup is a community-police partnership formed to address severe crime conditions at Crestview Villas condominium complex. Thirty-eight percent of units MORE...

S Avenue Model Block Safety Initiative - Riviera Beach, FL 

Partners: Riviera Beach Weed & Seed

The “S” Avenue Model Block Initiative was launched by the Riviera Beach Weed & Seed when the community identified the “S” avenue as an area to turn around and serve MORE...

Downtown/Mid-City Housing Initiative - North Little Rock, AR

Partners: Argenta CDC & North Little Rock Police Department

In response to the rising gang and drug activity in downtown North Little Rock during the late 1980s and early 1990s, residents and property owners organized the Argenta Community Development MORE...