City Government

Alto Via Court Turns Into Ghetto

Abandoned foothills homes on Alto Via Court have attracted so many criminals the area is now like an inner city ghetto, rife with vandals and drug users. Several high-end homes have been destroyed by shifting ground. Boise coppers have been kept busy making arrests the past few days in the area. Here is their press release on the problem:

Over the last two days Boise Police have found almost two dozen people trespassing on Alto Via Ct. Barricades clearly show the road is closed and the nearby homes are marked with no trespassing signs because of a continuing land slide that has created large crevices in the ground and caused structural damage to the homes. Boise Police are taking a zero tolerance stance toward anyone trespassing, vandalizing and burglarizing the properties on Alto Via Ct.

On Tuesday, 6/27 at 10:00 pm, Boise police were called about several subjects on the balcony of a home marked with no trespassing signs on Alto Via Ct. When officers arrived they located two suspects, ages 20 and 21, who were cited for trespassing. Four other suspects, all 18-years-old, fled when officers arrived. Police were able to identify those suspects and cite them for trespassing on 6/28.

On Wednesday, 6/28 at 9:30 am, Boise police made contact with two people, ages 25 and 27, in a vehicle who were trespassing on Alto Via Ct. Officers witnessed drug paraphernalia in plain view and after an investigation also found a substance that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. They were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

On Wednesday, 6/28 from 8 pm to 1 am, officers cited 12 suspects for trespassing. Those suspects ranged in age from 15 to 50.

While officers were in the area last night they could hear loud noises in the homes as the structures continued to shift and break apart. Officers will continue to patrol the area of Alto Via Ct. and surveillance cameras are also in place. The public is reminded to not pass beyond the road closed signs, the area is not safe and people who venture onto private property could be charged.

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  1. Chuck Thomas
    Jun 29, 2017, 3:02 pm

    Homes & neighborhoods vacated due to F-35 noise impact may also become ghettos for drugs/criminals.
    Chuck Thomas

  2. “Like an inner city ghetto”

    Maybe ghettos with nice landscaping and million dollar views.
    So Alto Via has become the new Rhodes Park for police to patrol?

    People have been “trespassing” there for the past 12 months. Only the past 2 weeks, BPD has cared. My guess is, BPD is more concerned about fireworks and drugs than they are of actual ‘trespassers’.
    Just like the greenbelt “closed” signs, where ridiculous rules abound, people ignore the rules.

    And Boise City has installed a camera on the street. Nice that the city is spending tax dollars on this project to monitor worthless property.
    Meanwhile ground/water monitoring stations were installed on the main road as well…
    Just send that invoice to the people of Boise $$$

    If the city were truly concerned about the “ghetto” and the safety issue so much that the road is closed, and public property (a road) is at risk to passersby, the city should require the property owners to remove the structures– much like the city cites homeowners for dry weeds as a fire hazard and eyesore– this too should apply, even to doctors and lawyers.

    Another city failure.

  3. Oligarchs Rule
    Jun 30, 2017, 3:46 pm

    Perhaps if they are an “attractive nuisance”, they should be torn down??

  4. Eastie;

    The property owners have been ordered to demolish the houses….

  5. Possibly Team Dave and the idiots from ACHD will stop permitting construction on the unstable slopes. Maybe?

  6. Wolf, okay I see that.
    City did so on May 12th, 2017.

    It’s been happening for over a year!

    There was NO expectation any of this would get better. Should have been done a long time ago.

    Further, only TWO of the homeowners have been “ordered” to demolish the homes. There are SIX homes there in the immediate affected area. What? 2 are not habitable and the others are? Not!
    Clear the whole street with city condemnation process (paid by the developer under the principal he sold an unfit product) and let someone else start over if they can possibly do so.

    Over a year and only 2 of the 6 houses:
    DOUBLE City Failure.

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