Creating Safer Communities with SCAN
Have you heard of the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) program?
If not, it’s a GREAT provincial resource that helps Albertans take back their neighbourhoods by dealing with problem properties.
SCAN targets and shuts down properties that are regularly used for illegal activities such as:
- Child exploitation
If there’s a suspicious property in your neighbourhood, DO NOT investigate it or approach the people who are there. Instead, file a complaint.
To file a complaint
- Call 1-866-960-SCAN (7226)
- Fill out the SCAN Complaint form
After you file a complaint:
- A SCAN investigator will contact you confidentially and discreetly
- You WON’T be called as a witness or identified to any police agency or court
How SCAN operates:
After receiving a complaint about suspicious property, SCAN investigators can:
- Begin an investigation
- Gather information
- Issue a warning letter
- Mediate the dispute
- Apply to the Court of Queen’s Bench for a community safety order (CSO)
- Take any measures necessary to safely and effectively close the property
Note: A CSO is a court order that requires the occupants to vacate and allow SCAN to seize the property for up to 90 days; it can also impose conditions on occupancy or tenancy.
Two SCAN units, operating out of northern and southern Alberta, work together with municipal law enforcement and social service agencies. Many of the investigators are former police officers with extensive investigative and surveillance experience.
What are the signs of a property being used for illegal activity?
If a property is being used for illegal activity, you may notice a high frequency or combination of some of these activities:
- Frequent visitors at all times of the day and night
- Frequent late night activity
- Windows blackened or curtains always drawn
- Visitors with expensive vehicles
- Unfriendly people who appear to be secretive
- People watching passing cars suspiciously
- Extensive investment in home security
- Strange odours coming from the house or garbage
- Garbage that contains numerous bottles and containers, particularly chemical containers
- Putting garbage in a neighbour's collection area
I know that public safety is important to you and my office and I will be increasing our communications to you in the future.
In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to all Ward 9 communities to give some suggestions and show some next steps on how my office and I will be working with you to make our communities even safer.
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