[Apartment Security] Crime Free Multi-Housing

Crime Free Multi-Housing: Apartment Crime Prevention Program

by Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gang activity on apartment properties. This program was first successfully developed at the Mesa, Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Programs have since spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 US states, 5 Canadian Provinces, Mexico, england, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Puerto Rico. Australia has also expressed interest in adopting the Crime Free Programs in the future. The association holds an annual training conference.

Three Certification Phases

The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local law enforcement agency. Property managers become individually certified after completing phase-one training. The property itself becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases. The anticipated benefits are reduced police calls for service, a more stable resident base, and reduced exposure to civil liability.

The program begins with the training of police agency coordinators who will administer the program in their jurisdiction. Each Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator receives 24-hours of intensive training and becomes certified as an instructor of the program. The Crime Free Program Coordinators return to their cities and begin the provide training and certify apartment managers and properties in their community. Fully certified properties have reported reductions in police calls for service up to 70% over previous years. The heart and soul of the program is in the correct implementation and use of the Crime Free Lease Addendum.

Here is a brief outline of the program contents:

Phase I - Management Training (8-Hours) Taught by the Police

Crime Prevention Theory
CPTED Theory
New Resident Screening
Lease Agreement Issues
Crime Free Lease Addendum
Key Control and Master Key Use
On-Going Security Management
Monitoring Criminal Activity
Gangs, Drugs, and Crime Prevention
Legal Warnings & Evictions
Working With the Police
Community Awareness

Phase II - CPTED - Survey by the Police

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED)
Minimum door, window, and lock standards compliance
Minimum exterior lighting standards evaluation
Key Control procedures evaluation
Landscape maintenance standards compliance

Phase III - Community Awareness Training

Annual crime prevention social taught by property management and police
Community awareness and continuous participation is encouraged
Full certification permits the right to post the Crime Free program sign and advertise membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program in the print media using the official logo.

Reprinted with thanks and permission of Chris E. McGoey. Mr. McGoey may be reached at (951) 461-8950 or by visiting www.crimedoctor.com This article may not be copied or republished without the consent of the author.

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