Some residents here in Quincy say they've had enough with unkempt, abandoned homes and they want to know what can be done about it, and how they can keep themselves safe.
So they're meeting with city officials this week to get some answers.
Tuesday night city officials will meet with concerned residents at the Quincy Public Library at 6:00.
Cheryl Hobson lives in one of Quincy's historic homes on the city's northwest side. It was actually used by Clat Adam's family. She loves her home, but one thing she doesn't love is some of the criminal activity in her neighborhood.
"When we first moved here, I would hear gunshots. There's been a lot of meth - the shake and bake kind," she says.
And she says something that doesn't help the situation is the high number of dilapidated and abandoned homes in the area.
"It kind of says yeah - no one is watching them so you are welcome to come in here and do what you're going to do," she says.
Director of Inspection and Enforcement Michael Seaver says Quincy's northwest side has quite a few abandoned homes since it's an older section of town."We've seen a decline in the properties, and likewise an increase in abandoned properties in the last five years or so, so it's been a challenge for the city amid tightening budgets to combat that issue," he said.
And he says empty houses can be the sign of trouble. "Once they are abandoned, once they fall into disrepair, they often fall victim to trespassing, open to children, they become an attractive nuisance to children and mischief, and that's public safety," she said.
Seaver says he's looking forward to a discussion with the neighbors about these issues and explaining the city's process in getting taking care of them. Hobson says, it's also just about encouraging safety in their neighborhood.
"I think we're being more vigilant now."
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