Saturday, May 25, 2013
Homeless Camp Crackdown Nears Completion
Anchorage police continue to put pressure on illegal campers, removing as much as 4,000 pounds of trash from one campsite.
The Anchorage Police Department began cracking down on panhandlers and illegal campers two weeks ago and according to Police Chief Mark Mew, most of the big campsites have already been broken up.
Police say 4,000 pounds of trash were taken from one campsite at 13th Avenue and Ingra Street and they are taking steps to ensure areas they have cleared will stay that way, by revisiting the sites in case anyone tries to return.
The police are also aggressively targeting individuals who give money to panhandlers.
They say although some people have been caught for this offense, they have yet to ticket anyone, as most have been arrested for other violations and warrants.