The other day, as I walked my neighborhood (tract housing), the scope of this sub-prime crunch (and economy in general) became quite apparent. Of the less than 200 homes in this less than 5 year old community, about 15 are vacant and in desperate need of upkeep, and another 20 or so might be vacant based on their appearance, but I can' tell for sure. My thought is...if the economy continues it's not-so-slow slide into the toilet, by the time the inner city scum makes it's way out to the suburbs in search of pickin's, my neighborhood will be a treasure trove of empty 3 and 4 bedroom houses for squatters. I imagine defending my home would be hard enough without possibly hundreds of scumbags having multiple bases of operation right in my back yard...almost literally. There are no basements here....I'm thinking sandbags might be a wise investment given the very non-bullet proof nature of tract housing. Anyone else in the suburbs notice any trend in vacant houses? Never dawned on me until I saw it first hand.