From the Daily News:
Foreclosures in Queens are leaving behind abandoned homes that become prime targets for thieves and havens for squatters, a new report shows.
The only Queens areas where crime rose between 2006 and 2008 - Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens/Woodhaven, Jamaica/Hollis and Rockaway/Broad Channel - had high foreclosure rates, says the study unveiled Thursday by the advocacy group ACORN.
Crime dropped in just two high-foreclosure neighborhoods, South Ozone Park and Queens Village. But it dipped in all eight low-foreclosure areas, including Astoria, Flushing and Forest Hills.