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via News5:

According to a study by Case Western Reserve University, the City of Cleveland still has a long way to go when it comes to completely breaking the link between vacant homes and crime.

The study, commissioned by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, shows vacant homes, in multiple Cleveland neighborhoods, create hotspots in crime, child lead poisoning, homicides, robberies, rape and more.

The study also includes an interactive map, outlining the relationship between crime and vacant homes.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy Vice President Jim Rokakis told News 5 there are still 5,000 potentially hazardous vacant homes that still need to come down in Cleveland alone.

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