Three On Your Side received a letter from a south Jackson man who is so disgusted with crime in his neighborhood, he is going to just walk away and let his home be sold for taxes.
He agreed to talk with Bert Case if we would not show his face on camera or identify exactly where he lives.
South Jackson is becoming an area of boarded up and abandoned houses. In one block, on Greenview Drive, south off of McDowell Road, we found 17 boarded up or abandoned houses. But our story is not about Greenview, but the street which the homeowner did not want identified.
He has left his house just as it was, after burglars have broken in nine times since 2004 and ransacked it. He wrote us a long letter and finally agreed to talk if we didn't show his face.
"I have never bothered no one" said the homeowner. "There is no reason for this. But these little ole thugs run the streets all night long. And I finally was able to retire after working all my life. But this is not much of a retirement. I finally got this house paid for. And now I can't give it away. When I moved here this was a very nice neighborhood. All good folks and all, but it's turned to a jungle. That's all I know how to describe it, as a jungle. It's survival of the fittest around here and I don't know what to do. If I even go to Walmart for 30 minutes, I come back, I have been robbed. Anything I want to keep I have had to haul to storage. I can't even have my own possessions in my own house, any more."
So this south Jackson homeowner tells us he intends to let the house go for back taxes and move to New Mexico.
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