Calgary… Following a series of complaints from neighbourhood residents about drug activity, a southeast Calgary home is being closed by ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) team.
The problem property, located in the Penbrooke neighbourhood at 202 Penworth Drive Southeast, was closed by SCAN team members on December 22. SCAN’s investigation was launched in July after fielding a number of complaints from area residents about drug activity at the home.
Throughout the investigation SCAN witnessed drug activity taking place at the home and was able to obtain a Community Safety Order, which includes a closure of the property. The closure will take place for a period of 90 days during which time the tenant is barred from entering or occupying the property and locks being changed, windows and doors boarded up, and the property fenced.
SCAN uses civil legislation to target problem properties around the province that are used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, gang activity, drug use and drug trafficking. The SCAN team consists of Alberta Sheriffs who partnered with Calgary Police Service on this investigation.
The Penbrooke home was been a problem spot for CPS with officers responding to the home nearly 100 times in the past two years. On July 19, CPS responded to a shooting inside the home that left the walls and ceiling riddled with bullets. On November 3, CPS executed a search warrant at the home that resulted in the seizure of drugs and weapons.
Community Safety Orders have proven effective in breaking the pattern of problem behaviour. Since launching in 2008, SCAN has obtained 24 Community Safety Orders for problem properties in Southern Alberta.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can make a confidential complaint online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226).
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.