Own a vacant home? Take precautions

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The street where I live in Mesa, Ariz., is probably very similar to most residential roadways in every other suburban community in America. It's home to about 20 families plus at least one house that stands abandoned by all who once loved it.Yes, my street has an abandoned property, and I suppose we were lucky because it happened very quickly after the onset of this country's economic mess.Things went bad from the start, but the bank, which now owns the property, was able to stabilize the situation before it ended up with too many properties to worry about -- thousands of abandoned homes in its collection have since gone from bad to blight.The house still stands empty, but it is no longer an eyesore. When the owners walked out 18 months ago, taking the garage doors and even the back door with them, the house was open to vandals and transients. Weeds grew, plants died, and the pool and spa turned into mosquito-attracting green swamps.I'm not sure if neighborhood complaints or simply an ...