Police: Bad Economy May Breed Crime

Abandoned Buildings Being Targeted

It's too early to tell if the economy is a major factor in Chicago's rising crime, officials say, but already one police unit is focusing on areas hit hardest by the financial meltdown.

Officers in the Troubled Buildings Unit have been identifying abandoned properties, patrolling them to keep gangs, vandals and other criminals out and getting the city involved in dealing with the owners, Chicago Police spokeswoman Monique Bond told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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