Crime Free Programs
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs in an apartment, RV and trailer home, business, storage, and other multi-unit properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 48 U.S. States, 5 Canadian Provinces, England, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico, to name a few.
The program consists of 3 phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property 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.
As of 2015, the Cañon City Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit employs a trained coordinator who will administer the program. Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinators receives 24-hours of intensive training and become certified as an instructor of the program. The Crime Free Program Coordinator will provide training and certifications to an apartment and other multi-family or multi-unit properties in Cañon City. Fully certified properties have reported reductions in police calls for service up to 70% over previous years. The heart and soul of the program are in the correct implementation and use of the Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF) (sample).
Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Benefits
- A stable, more satisfied tenant base. Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management
- Lower maintenance and repair costs. Increased property values
- Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers
Costs of Drug Activity in Rental Property
When drug criminals and other destructive tenants operate out of the rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price. That price may include:
- Decline in property values - particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood
- Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect; property damage from police raids
- Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations. Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property - or even property seizure. Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods
- Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants. Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers
- The loss of other valued tenants
Here is a brief outline of the program contents:
Phase I - Management Training (8 hours) Taught by the Cañon City Police Department
- Crime Prevention Theory
- CPTED Theory (Physical Security)
- Benefits of Resident and Tenant Screening
- Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues
- Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF) (sample)
- Key Control and Master Key Use
- On-Going Security Management Monitoring and Responding to Criminal Activity
- Gangs, Drugs Activity, and Crime Prevention
- Legal Warnings, Notices and Evictions Working Smarter With the Police, Fire, and Life Safety Training and Community Awareness
The training package includes a resource manual is supplied with additional handouts.
Phase II - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Survey by Cañon City Police Department
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED)
- Minimum door, window, and lock standards compliance inspection
- 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 (or informational newsletter to non-housing tenants)
- Community awareness and continuous participation is encouraged
Full certification (gold certificate) permits the right to post the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program sign and advertise membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program in the print media using the official logo. This certificate expires every year unless renewed following compliance with Phases I and II.