Local officials introduced to new tool to fight blight

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Officials in Middletown were introduced to a new tool in the fight against blight on Monday.

SecureView ClearBoarding is a material made out of recycled polycarbonate, which can replace plywood when boarding up vacant homes.

SecureView is designed to look like a regular window, but it’s durable enough to secure a vacant home.

Designers say standard plywood invites crime and reduces the value of a home by 27 percent.

“The best part of it is, it doesn’t look vacant. It looks like any other property on the street,” said SecureView founder and chairman Robert Klein. “It’s clear. It looks like glass, it feels like glass. You’re not advertising to the world that the property is vacant.”

The upgrade from plywood to SecureView does come with a price. SecureView costs about twice as much as standard plywood.

“The way I look at it, it costs more, but it’s less expensive,” Klein said. “With plywood, you’re going to reboard that property at least three times during the vacancy because it rots in the winter time. This, you put it on once and you can forget about it.”

Middletown officials said a decision on whether to require contractors to use SecureView when boarding up a vacant home has not yet been made.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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