GJPD Offering Free Class to Help Local Rental Properties Stay Crime Free #GVCopBeat #gjco #grandjunction

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Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department is inviting local rental property owners and managers to participate in the next Crime Free Multi-housing class that will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

This FREE training class is the first of three steps to getting properties certified under the Crime Free program, which helps reduce the number of calls to police and the number of arrests at those properties.  At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention.

Once the class is completed, participants can move on to the second phase, which is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey. 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 GJPD 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 insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. 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.

To sign up for the class, contact Ofc. Cory Tomps at 970-549-5331 or by email at coryt@gjcity.org .

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