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Is Crime Connected to Brownfields?

Can the Presence of Brownfields Affect Crime Rates?

Brownfield grant recipients often suggest the presence of vacant or abandoned brownfields is linked to increased crime rates in the same area. While their various anecdotal experiences may imply a relationship, limited research exists on this specific topic.

EPA has prepared two fact sheets to assist communities interested in studying changes in crime rates and criminal activity and law enforcement partnerships as they relate to brownfield site assessment and revitalization.