The Campbell River RCMP is calling on landlords and neighbours to help identify so-called crack houses.
Constable Maury Tyre says drug houses and flophouses are creating all types of havoc in neighbourhoods around town.
“They’re supposed to be people’s safe havens, their homes. When we’re talking about these kinds of houses, there are certain things that are definitely happening,” says Tyre.
“Trafficking in and out of these homes at all hours of the day, people bringing in stolen goods. All these things happen inside of a neighbourhood, and have a terrible effect on the neighbourhood.”
He says this includes a decrease in property values, and an increase in crime.
While police are keeping a close eye on these locations, Tyre says they still need help from the community “to call in when there are events that happen around these houses.”
“We can’t be everywhere at once, that’s just the simple reality. This is where the community comes in.”
If you’re a landlord, Tyre is reminding you to keep on top of things.
Make sure you know who you’re renting to, have proper rental agreements, and keep up regular inspections.