The ultimate goal of Abatement is to rid a property of crime and/or blighting conditions. This is done by means of lawful notifications to owners, personal contacts with owners/managers and the use of administrative search warrants. Crime abatement can be a long, onerous process requiring many months and up to years to complete.
Crime abatement statutes (ARS 12-991 through 12-999) require owners of property to take actions that are reasonable and necessary to reduce/eliminate the crime occurring on their properties. The property owner must be sent an official notice and copies of report numbers to begin the process. If no action is taken, the property owner faces an ultimate penalty of a class 5 felony charge in residential property cases, a class 6 felony charge in commercial property cases, a $10,000 fine, and the possibility the property will go into receivership.
Contact one of your local precinct’s Community Action Officers (CAO’s) or the Citywide Abatement Coordinator for further details. The CAO’s are listed on the police precinct’s web page. Need to find your precinct? VIsit our interactive map to fnd your precinct.
Incident Reduction on 107 Abated Properties
Precinct Abatement Detectives work closely with the Crime Free Multi-Housing officers in the precinct. Some of the other police personnel the Abatement Detectives work with include patrol officers, community action officers, neighborhood enforcement team officers and neighborhood narcotics officers.
The detectives liaison with other city departments and county and state agencies attempting to promote positive changes in the community. Some of the agencies and departments the detectives work with include:
- Patrol officers
- NET teams
- Drug Enforcement Bureau
- City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department
- County Health Department
- City Prosecutor's Office
- County Attorney's Office
- Housing and Urban Development