Calgary homeowner frustrated by suspected drug house
Investigators say allegations are not easy to prove
A Calgary homeowner says she is frustrated that a suspected drug house continues to operate in her neighbourhood despite repeated complaints to city officials.
The Panorama resident, who CBC is not identifying because she fears retaliation, says she is concerned for her safety and that of her family after several break-ins over the course of three years.
"I'm quite fed up," she said. "They're breaking the law, they're not respecting the neighbourhood that we've built.... It makes me concerned that when they need money, will they break into my house? My vehicles have been broken into several times. It just worries me, it makes me worried for my family."
The homeowner says she sees people come and go from the house frequently and they often stay for only a minute or two before leaving.
"I worry about the crime that comes with illicit drug use," she said. "They go hand in hand, so if someone doesn't have enough money to buy drugs, maybe they'll break into my house, maybe they'll break into my car again. All of it just concerns me."
She says people have been conducting drug deals by leaving cash in barbecues and meeting in storage sheds.
Authorities also frustrated
Despite numerous calls by herself and another neighbour to police, she says nothing has been done.
The woman says they have also contacted Crime Stoppers and the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood program (SCAN), but to no avail.
However, officials say situations like these are challenging.
"In most of the cases, we are frustrated as well," said SCAN investigator Brent Pickard. "We have a level of evidence that we have to obtain to take action on the property and some cases take longer than others."
It's not clear when or if action could be taken, but in the meantime the Panorama woman says she is getting ready to take matters into her own hands.
She says if the suspicious activity continues, she plans to list her home and move.