I hear Buena Park residents complaining about crime all the time. We have a very busy crime watch group on Facebook. People complain about crimes happening in various areas. Many people
I am not going to even argue that the homeless commit no crimes, but I will say they are not the cause of the major portion of crime in the city.
If we want to reduce crime, we need to see the city begin to crackdown harder on motels that allow criminals to inhabit rooms on their property. We need to hold the owners accountable.
Do you think a motel manager is clueless to the prostitute who uses his location as her place of business? Do you think that same motel manager is unaware of the drug dealing going on from within his motel? The answer is no, they are not unaware.
I am asking that Buena Park begin cracking down hard on these owners who look the other way while criminals operate within their motels. The city’s code enforcement division must begin enforcing all the laws that relate to motels and hotels.
In Buena Park, you cannot stay at a motel for more than 28 straight days. You must provide valid identification and reveal anyone who will be staying in the room with you. Most criminals use someone else to register for the room. The motel managers should be on top of this and if they are not, code enforcement should be taking the lead and handling the problem.
When I went on a ride along with Buena Park Police, I was told that the motels are probably the biggest issue in the city beside the homeless issue. Officers routinely stop vehicles after they leave a motel because they know they will likely find drugs in the vehicle. It is all part of the bigger problem that needs to be solved.
We at The Buena Park News believe that citizens need to speak up often and loudly. Go to a city council meeting and tell them your feelings on this matter. Ask them to do something about the issue. If enough people do this, they will take action.
It is time to take back our city and get these motels in line!