SCAN investigation results in the closure of two Calgary properties

SCAN investigation results in the closure of two Calgary properties

January 23, 2013

 

Calgary… Two units in a Calgary fourplex have been ordered closed until April 19 after the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit was successful in obtaining a Community Safety Order (CSO).

The investigation began in March 2012 after SCAN received public complaints about drug-related activity at two units 7703 41 Avenue Northwest. After informal efforts were unsuccessful, SCAN applied for and obtained a CSO.

During the closure period, the owner must vacate the units and the property will be secured, including the installation of a fence around the perimeter. All tenancy agreements or leases are terminated as of the closure date.

“The outcome of this investigation is a reminder to owners that they are accountable for the activity occurring at their property,” said SCAN Manager Billy Kerr. “We will continue to work with residents to ensure the safety of their neighbourhoods, while also encouraging owners and landlords to take responsibility for their property.”

Throughout the investigation, SCAN members worked closely with the Calgary Police Service. This property has presented an ongoing problem for police. This is the second CSO imposed on this owner within one year but on separate properties.

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

Albertans who suspect a property in their neighbourhood is being used for illegal activity can contact SCAN toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at www.scan.alberta.ca. All complaints are confidential. Residents 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:
Billy Kerr
Manager, SCAN South
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)
403-819-5936

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.