Homeless camp found on roof of building in SLO, police say

Homeless camps can take root in just about any location out of sight of the public or law enforcement.

Such was the case Aug. 24 when the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a call around 8:15 p.m. that people were drinking on top of a business in the 600 block of Higuera Street.

When officers arrived, they found “an abandoned encampment consisting of garbage and other debris on the roof of the building,” according to Capt. Chris Staley of the SLOPD

“In addition to the criminal aspect of trespassing,” Staley noted in a news release, “there is great concern about the safety aspect of this type of encampment,” adding that fire hazards were among his agency’s concerns.

Staley urges business owners to check for entryways and access to their buildings. If an encampment or other illegal trespass is evident, call either the police or fire departments.