posted on Aug, 3 2010 @ 04:42 AM
This, dealers targeting the homes of vulnerable people to set up crack houses etc, is fairly common in the UK. There have been many changes in the way
such group homes or complexes are run in the UK, traditionally, both state and third sector (charities and NFP's) owned homes were warden controlled
with the warden living on site. Nowadays, the warden is mobile, with more than one home to manage and is no longer accommodated within the complex
(only 'close care' ie, actual nursing homes still have 24hr management cover insitu).
Other groups targeted by the dealers include lone-parents with a habit, the mentally ill or 'challenged' with learning difficulties (we are not
allowed to refer to them as mentally retarded or even disabled anymore!)
If the situation you describe is in senior complexes that have any form of live in/on site management cover, then I would suggest the manager is
either incompetent in post or has an association with the dealers. I'm not saying they are necessarily corrupt, more that they may have been
intimidated or provided with an 'incentive'.
One of the worst cases I've encountered was a family of mum, dad and daughter, all with learning difficulties, who had a crack dealer actually move
into the property, turn the family into slaves, stole their welfare benefits and physically abused them. Neighbours raised the alarm, not because they
were concerned for the family's welfare but because all the visitors to the property were causing a nuisance (to be fair, they may have just used
this as the opener, nobody likes a grass!).
Sometimes this type of property hijack does not last long as the dealer is well known to the police who have been 'keeping and eye' on him/her and
the relevant agencies are alerted before the legal occupier has suffered too much damage to their lives.