Your front-page story about landlord's losses due to the police raid on a meth lab was very informative but far from comprehensive. Tenants have been trashing good livable housing here for a long time. Vigilance on the landlord's part is often considered snooping and an angry tenant will often seek revenge by vandalism. Once the courts get involved, the rent money is used for legal fees. The home-monitoring ankle bracelet can be as much as a month's rent.
How can you expect the homeowner to collect damages from a felon who has already shown his contempt for the system? He can't even collect from the other occupants of the home because they give phony names and swear that they do not live in the unit. So how come there are a dozen sleeping bags in an apartment rented to one adult and two little kids? There are many other examples but space does not permit.
Related to this problem is the fact that there are a large number of vacant buildings here titled to unknown persons and/or out of the area finance institutions. If the city used the money needed to tear down the Keller building to tear down a dozen slum houses as they did 10 years ago, our town would be a better and safer place to live.