Crime-Free Multi-Family Housing Program

The Crime-Free Multi-Family Housing Program is a crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs in multi-family apartment properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992.

The program consists of three 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. A fourth phase, Education and Training on Housing Programs, will be included to provide information on housing programs, fair housing practices, and the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

Crime-Free Multi-Family 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

Phase I - Management Training Taught by Trained Professional (8 hours)

  • Crime prevention theory
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theory (physical security)
  • Benefits of resident screening
  • Lease agreements and eviction issues
  • Crime-free lease addendum
  • Key control and master key use
  • Ongoing security management monitoring and responding to criminal activity
  • Gangs, drug activity, and crime prevention
  • Legal warnings, notices, and evictions; working smarter with the police; fire and life safety training; community awareness

Phase II – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Survey by Police

  • CPTED survey
  • 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
  • Community awareness and continuous participation are encouraged

Phase IV – Education and Training on Housing Programs