Calgary problem property ordered closed after SCAN investigation

Calgary problem property ordered closed after SCAN investigation

March 30, 2012

Calgary… A problem home on Pennsburg Way SE is closed for 90 days after the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit was successful in obtaining a Community Safety Order (CSO). The closure is in effect starting March 30, at which time the property must be vacated.

While the occupant can return on June 28, the CSO will remain in effect for one year, during which time the owner must receive approval from the SCAN unit before renting out any room in the property to a tenant. The prospective tenant must complete a written application, provide references, and enter into a written tenancy agreement. If the conditions of the CSO are not met, further legal action will be taken by SCAN, including applying to the courts to close the property again.

Throughout the investigation, SCAN members worked closely with the Calgary Police Service. This property has been a problem for police for many years.

The investigation began in 2010 after SCAN received public complaints about drug and prostitution-related activity at the residence. During the investigation, SCAN attempted to resolve the matter informally, including sending a warning letter to the property owner. Following the warning, the alleged activity continued and SCAN then took steps to obtain a CSO.

While the police deal with criminal complaints against people, SCAN investigators use civil legislation to target problem properties around the province used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, drug use and drug trafficking, and gang activity.

“This is another example of how SCAN can assist in reducing crime in our communities,” said Inspector Billy Kerr, SCAN South Manager. “Residents are entitled to feel safe in their homes and are encouraged to report any suspected illegal activity occurring at properties in their neighbourhoods.”

Albertans who suspect a property in their neighbourhood is being used for illegal activity should contact SCAN toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at www.scan.alberta.ca. All complaints are confidential. Citizens are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.

SCAN is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Inspector Billy Kerr
SCAN – Calgary
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)
403-476-4679

Jill Baird
Communications
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)
780-509-3028

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.