Plywood alternative to assist Richmond officials in keeping squatters out of vacant properties

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Plywood alternative to assist Richmond officials in keeping squatters out of vacant properties

Squatters and other criminal activity will be reduced at vacant homes in Richmond with help from an impenetrable alternative to plywood used to board-up properties, according to city officials.

On Thursday morning at 11 a.m., the Richmond Police Department’s code enforcement unit will conduct a demonstration of the technology from SecureView USA at 390 South 34th St.

Rather than boarding up windows and doors with plywood, which squatters can tear down and hide behind, the city plans to use durable see-through material that allows first responders a clear line of site into the property. The material is extremely difficult to break through, as a man swinging a bat demonstrates in the YouTube video below.

SecureView will “eliminate the need to continuously re-board properties,” said Tim Higares, manager of the code enforcement unit.

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