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  Posted on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tulsa Communities Look to Decrease Crime in Abandoned Neighborhoods
Dilapidated homes are in nearly every neighborhood in Tulsa, bringing down property values and bringing crime. The recent fireworks attack on a FOX23 reporter and an officer happened in a neighborhood filled with abandoned homes, graffiti and high grass. However, other neighborhoods, such as one near Pine and N. Peoria, have neighbors working with the city to show revitalization changes everything. When neighbors drive down the Dunbar Neighborhood near Pine and Peoria they'll find new homes, freshly trimmed grass, tidy yards and Mr. Towns. "Where there is unity there is strength," said Eric Towns. "People have more to protect and it is worth to protect and that's what causes more unity in the community," said Towns. A neighborhood once riddled with crime has been rebuilt and made safer. Abandoned properties are not isolated to North Tulsa. Since the housing crisis you can find them in any part of the city. However, neighbors have noticed in North Tulsa a pattern of crime around those long-boarded up homes. "They use those houses to hang out and smoke and I honesty believe it increases the crime rate," said Northgate Neighbor RJ Carter. That's why police are reporting those abandoned homes to the City of Tulsa's Working in Neighborhoods (WIN). Since 2006, WIN teamed up with Northgate Neighborhood Association and more than 800 properties have been investigated, 47 homes were dilapidated, 30 were demolished, 14 were rehabilitated and three are pending investigation. 
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