Unoccupied houses line a block of E. Bland St. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Dennis Kintigh recently spoke to the Roswell Association of Realtors about law enforcement, derelict structures within the city limits and their influence on crime.
Speaking from his years of experience with the FBI, Roswell Police Department and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Kintigh noted that derelict and abandoned structures become a magnet to criminals, drug users and squatters.
“This is not a new phenomenon. … In 2000, I went into a derelict structure as the part of a search. I’ve never seen more used needles in my life. That was the first time I asked to have a building condemned.”
The empty buildings are quickly vandalized and become a place for children to play.
“They go to explore, but there’s needles on the floor and broken glass. The floors are not safe; they could give out from under them. The home needs to be condemned,” Kintigh said.
One such home lies in the 1600 block of North Ohio Avenue. All the exterior doors hang open and are barely held up by their hinges. While the windows are Login to read more