Kintigh: Derelict buildings contribute to crime

November 2, 2013 • Local News

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.”

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One Response to Kintigh: Derelict buildings contribute to crime

  1. 0005827 says:

    Kintigh is right! It’s about time someone addressed this issue. He’s got my vote.

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