The city of Durham is no longer using plywood to cover up windows and doors in abandoned buildings.
Faith Gardner works for city's Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.
"If you're living in a neighborhood with boarded structures, they don't look good, you can tell that they've been abandoned, there's also an attraction there for criminal activity."
Gardner says a new, clear, polycarbonate material has been installed in ten vacant homes, with more to come. She adds that it improves the appearance of the buildings and allows police to look inside.