August 9, 2013
Waco, Texas police officers are now allegedly entering apartments and rental homes on “crime prevention” inspections.
The Waco Police Department created the program in order to build a partnership between the police and property managers to “keep drugs and other illegal activity” out of rental properties.
The police trains landlords on “applicant screening, recognizing illegal drug activity, combating crime problems, the eviction process, managing risks, and working with the police.”
Landlords in the program must also meet standard security requirements for the dwellings and common areas as outlined under Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
The requirements include metal dead bolts, eye viewers in front doors and strike plates, which according to the notice the police will inspect.
If police are alone inside your apartment or rental house, what really prevents them from digging through your closet, your drawers, and even your trash?
In 2001, after an informant accused Daniel Serrano of cocaine dealing, an Austin police detective picked through Serrano’s trashcan, which was sitting out in the street in front of his house.
The detective found a “plastic baggie with white powder residue” in the garbage.