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Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8521

I'm constantly getting phone calls about people smoking weed and loitering in the hallways. I ask have the police been called but it always continues. We've sent letters but my guess is the people doing these things aren't going to stop because of a letter. I really want to improve the environment of my community. Is there any way to fix this problem?
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Re: Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8523

Just a couple of quick questions. What time of day/night is this occurring? What is the response time of your local police to this type of complaint if they are called? Do you have No Trespassing and No Loitering Signs posted in all hallways and on the property in general?
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Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8524

Call the police, every time, as soon as it starts. Ask your residents to do the same. I don't think the problem will ever be completely eliminated, but with consistent enforcement, you can create an unpleasant environment for drug users and they will go elsewhere.
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Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8525

Always get the police. This could just be average tenants, or it could be the cartel that has invaded the USA. NEVER accost them on your own. Some of these people will think nothing about blowing you away.

Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8529

I always made friends with the local police force. It is amazing the things that they can do for you and your tenants to curve some problems. That patrol car that cruises the area at different times. Maybe even get out and walk the area where the problems come up all the time. Sometimes it is good to have an off duty officer looking to pick up a couple extra bucks to come over at your request at different times can help as well.
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Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8542

I know of one tenant that actually put out a receptacle. This actually put the offenders at ease long enough for the police to arrive.

Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8549

Hahahaha - love the smoking receptacle! My Section 8 property had those until someone kept setting it on fire. I found a lot of times the ones smoking pot are not residents, and a lot of times they are kids doing this before and after school. I would suggest installing cameras. I would also have Maintenance patrol early morning hours (if you have a tech living on site he should be made aware of the problem and his help enlisted). Until you get your Residents to call this in - and the police must be able to respond as though it were an emergency and not just another nuisance call, this problem will get out of control and you will lose good residents.
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Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8555

Cameras are a good idea, let's take it to the next step. Remote Access - you would be very surprised how supportive your Local Police would be if you gave them remote access to the cameras. (it's what I do}

From their cars they watch the activity {You just called about}before they arrive. The relationship between residents and law enforcement only gets stronger.

Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8585

Police have told me residents will just break cameras. I haven't had to use them. I do have a fake one at the trash dumpster to deter non-residents. My residents know it's fake and think it's funny!

I would install better lighting. Put in new fixtures with the brightest light you can get. Good residents will like it, too.

Is this behavior occuring at the same time of day? If yes, get the police to do a daily check for awhile.

Also, send letters to the residents. It might be their kids or friends and they don't know they are doing it.

Offer a reward for any tip that leads to an arrest. This lets the perp know you are serious and that others may turn them in for money.

If they are smoking in the breezeway, there is a reason they are not smoking inside the apartment. Kids who don't want parents to know it!!!

We have a law in my state... "Birds of a Feather." If one is doing something illegal then anyone who is with them is considered guilty, too. I explained this to a couple of parents and they made their kids change their friends!!!

Re:Loitering and Smoking Illegal Substances In Hallways 2 years 5 months ago #8588

Of course as everyone else has said, you also need to call the police EVERY time and encourage your residents to do the same. Keep at it and eventually they will move on Have you gone down to speak with those who are loitering in person? I had a major issue with this in my last community. While it is illegal to smoke pot, our county doesn't have a law against loitering. So everytime the call came in I got in my car and drove to the problem location. Yes I sometimes had to do this 5-6 times a day, but eventually it worked. Another problem is that most communities have a playground, but no place for those over 12 to go. I gave mine a picnic table. It was a place they could hang out and not worry about getting into trouble. Why do developers keep building communities with only a playground and a pool for the kids?
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