Edmonton property closed after successful SCAN investigation

Edmonton property closed after successful SCAN investigation

October 31, 2012

Edmonton…A problem home in Edmonton’s southeast has been ordered closed and vacated for 90 days following an investigation by ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit.

The property at 6707 32 Avenue had been previously closed by SCAN in the fall of 2009 following an investigation that revealed drug trafficking activity at the home. A court-ordered Community Safety Order (CSO) allowed SCAN to remove the resident and close the property for 90 days. The drug activity ceased for a period of time once the resident was allowed to move back in, however, in mid-2011, SCAN received new community complaints suggesting the activity had resumed.

After further investigation, SCAN was successful in obtaining a second CSO, which takes effect today. During the 90-day closure period, the owner must vacate the house and the property will be secured, including the installation of a fence around the perimeter.

The CSO will remain in effect until October 2013, 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.

“In the majority of cases, all it takes is one closure to clean up a problem property,” said SCAN Manager Chip Sawchuk. “It is unfortunate that we have had to deal with this property twice, but we will keep dealing with it until we know that the illegal activity has stopped for good.”

While 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 trafficking, and gang activity. SCAN conducts investigations into residences and commercial properties in both urban and rural areas.

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.

Made up of Alberta Sheriffs, 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.


Media inquiries may be directed to:
Chip Sawchuk
Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN)
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

Candace Cook
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)