Lori Black wants her neighbours evicted.
Black said a police raid on the home next door on Thursday evening is only a small part of two years of ongoing issues.
“The last four months have been the worst for us,” she said.
Yesterday, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Abbotsford Police patrol officers, with members of the emergency response team and the major crime unit, raided the home on Peardonville Road west of Parkview.
The raid followed an incident at about 3:30 p.m., when a 34-year-old man was robbed and knocked unconscious, forced into a vehicle with his girlfriend and then driven to a bank in the 32900 block of South Fraser Way by a man and woman, where the victim was under orders to withdraw cash.
The victim was able to alert the teller to his situation, and the bank called police.
Police then raided the Peardonville home where a 39-year-old man and his girlfriend were located. The man was arrested and others in the home were questioned.
Black said that in the months leading up to the raid, traffic had come and gone from the house, with people honking, mistakenly approaching the Blacks’ home, and other nuisances.
She said the situation has been alarming to her and her children, who are 10 and 12 years old.
“They’re scared. They don’t even want to play in the backyard anymore. They don’t want to be on the trampoline, having fun, because they’re too scared.”
Black said she has had to explain to her children that the people next door “aren’t good people.”
She believes there are drugs going in and out of the house and is worried that the presence of those neighbours will make it difficult for the family to eventually sell their home.
When the family arrived on Thursday evening they were alarmed to see officers with guns. Police told them that they had to leave the house in case of crossfire.
“We were shocked. We were scared. Our children were frightened.”
Though arrests were made in the raid, Black just wants the issues with their neighbours to be over.
“We don’t need this beside us.”