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Edmonton… An Alberta Avenue home that for years has been a haven for drug addicts and prostitutes will be cleaned up thanks to an Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) investigation.
ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) team will board-up and vacate the home at 12033 90 Street on February 20th. The closure will last 90 days as per a Community Safety Order under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, which is provincial legislation that empowers residents to take back their neighbourhoods by reporting problem properties.
The home has been a significant drain on police resources, generating over 100 calls for service since 2007. In January 2012 it was the scene of a drive-by shooting that was related to an unpaid drug debt. SCAN began their investigation in October 2011 with the assistance of Edmonton Police Service (EPS).
SCAN investigators use civil legislation to target problem properties around the province used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, drug use and trafficking, and gang activity. SCAN conducts investigations into residences and commercial properties in both urban and rural areas. Since April 2013, SCAN has received more than 350 complaints about problem properties province-wide.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can contact SCAN online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.