Registration is underway for the next Crime Free Multi-Housing class. This is a very popular, FREE program that teaches property owners and managers how to keep crime out of their properties. The first step in the three step process is to take an 8 hour training class that is spread over two days. Register online and get more details at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8152276679/es2/?rank=1
At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention. The second phase is a survey Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer. The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.
After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free Logo when advertising for new tenants. The Police Department keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.
This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992. Some of the benefits of active participants have shown an 80% reduction in calls for service, arrests and reports at properties. Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. One of the properties in Arizona received a $10,000 per year savings. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.