Wednesday , June 19 2024

Plastic windows could help secure vacant homes

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Urban blight has taken over many parts of Fresno, and now the city is looking for alternative ways to secure vacant properties without the use of unsightly and unsafe materials like plywood. <br /><br />The company SecureView came to Fresno today to show off their clear, composite plastic windows and doors. It looks like glass, but it’s made of a material that cannot be broken easily. <br /><br />The hope is, the clear plastic material will make vacant properties less of an eyesore and less of a magnet for transients and others who might break in.<br /><br />You can see, it’s very difficult to break through the recycled Polycarbonate resin. SecureView says their product is 200-times stronger than glass. <br /><br />Former Fresno State baseball player Terance Frazier was able to break it by throwing a rock, but couldn’t break it with a bat. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin says there are thousands of vacant properties throughout the city and they’ve been looking for different ways to secure vacant properties. She says boarded up plywood on a house sends a message that the neighborhood is on the decline and that it’s not worth investing in. <br /><br />SecureView says their product will help decrease crime. They say the windows and doors will make the vacant homes harder to enter and make it easier for police officers to see exactly what’s going on inside. <br /><br />Though SecureView’s product is an idea the city council would first have to approve it to mandate all property owners to use this instead of plywood. No word tonight on when that might happen.&nbsp;<br /></div>

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