Crackdown on Fortified Buildings Now Law

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 13:10



Part of the province’s Safer Communities Act came into effect yesterday, but Saskatchewan’s Justice minister isn’t sure how often it will be enforced in the North or on reserves.


Under the new legislation, fortifications on buildings that cause public safety concerns can now be removed by police.


These include bulletproof glass or explosive-resistant materials, armour to reinforce doors and bars on windows or doors.


But Justice Minister Frank Quennell says the legislation is mainly aimed at buildings in urban centres that might house criminal activity, and says business owners in the North wanting to protect their buildings shouldn’t have any trouble with the new law.


Having said that, Quennell says the police can now remove fortifications on any building in the province that appears to be fortified beyond the need.