HAMPTON--Hampton Police may soon be cracking down on rundown rental properties in an effort to fight crime.

City leaders believe code violations and vandalism can sometimes attract criminals and are considering a inspection program on rundown rentals.

'This would be under the Virginia Code. It's to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. You can't do it citywide,' Hampton Communication Director Robin McCormick.

The program would target areas that already have problems or help prevent deterioration, officials said.

'We need to shore up those homes for residents that are already there to ensure that the criminal element doesn't take over,' McCormick added.

City Council will consider the proposed ordinance at a meeting in September. There will also be a public hearing.

Specific details of how the Rental Inspection program would operate are still being worked out.

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