Vacant homes; with the recent recession, they are more common than ever. They are also "a huge safety issue for police and the public" said Sgt. Thomas Decanter from the Gary police department. The dangers are very real, ranging from stepping on a nail to inviting criminal activity.
Officers told the Chicago Sun-Times staff that the typical scene includes "buckling floors, wobbly staircases, broken glass and mounds of trash." These homes are an invitation for children with an adventurous spirit, but they don't know about all of the dangerous conditions that put them at risk for serious injury.