Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is successful because it approaches crime on many fronts. The
police cannot solve crime problems alone. Neither can the management or residents of rental properties.
However, by working together, the end result has been the most successful approach to crimes in rental
There are three (3) ways criminal activity comes into a rental community:
- The criminal lives there,
- They visit friends there,
- They come to the property to commit crimes.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program addresses all three of these possibilities. By not renting to people with
criminal intent, they not only reduce the likelihood of crime in the community, they also reduce the number of
visitors who come to the property with criminal intent (i.e., to purchase/sell drugs).
For the opportunistic criminal, the use of C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) has been
used to combat crimes that might occur in the parking lots or common areas. This includes assaults, robberies,
drive-by shootings, and auto thefts.
If the police, property managers and residents will make a dedicated effort to crime prevention and the Crime Free
Multi-Housing Program, the outlook for success is extremely high. Good luck as you endeavor to make our community
a safer place to live and enjoy for many years to come.