The Effects Of Foreclosures On Urban Cities And The Impact On Criminal Activity

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Since the beginning of the financial crisis over 4 million homes across the United States have been foreclosed on leaving millions of Americans without a place to live (Badkar, 2013). As we have witnessed, there have been many of devastating implications that has resulted from this crisis . This paper will explore one of them by looking at the relationship between foreclosures in urban cities and the impact they have on criminal activity. The event of a foreclosure has the possibility of affecting criminal activity on many different levels not only are the individuals directly involved affected, but the neighborhood where the foreclosured home is located is also affected. Prior to research I hypothesized possible effects foreclosures could have on crime using Jan Bruekner’s crime model. Firstly, the individuals who are directly involved are left without a home, this kind of dire situation can lead to individuals resorting to criminal activity as a way to earn income. The presences of unoccupied homes provides criminals with a place to breed and conduct illegal activity away from law enforcement. The unappealing aesthetics that come from boarded up homes discourages individuals in the community to take pride in there neighborhood. This could lead to less involvement and fewer calls to the police even when criminal activity is witnessed. As mentioned above, Jan Brueckner has developed a crime model that explains how different economic factors affect crime within a city.

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