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How to Reduce Apartment Crime in Phases

Digested From “Redlands Police Hosting Course on Reducing Crime in Apartments, Rentals” (10/07/13) Schiavone, Renee

In California, the Redlands Police Department recenty held an eight-hour training class for apartment owners and managers that was focused on education and reducing crime in local multiamily housing.  The five-phase Crime-Free Multi-Housing program emphasized communication with owners, managers, residents, and area police.  The Redlands Police Department has taken part in the San Bernardino County Crime-Free Multi-Housing program for the past 18 years.  

Phase 1 entails a one-day workshop that introduces the program and includes classroom instruction on crime-free rental addendums, the eviction process, resident screening, property management, fair housing issues, gangs, graffiti, and narcotics identification. Phase 2 involved police officers conducting a security assessment of the various apartment communities, dubbed Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), which helps apartment management staff to identify ways to make their communities safer for all residents.  

Completion of the first two phases allows managers to begin Phase 3 -- the ordering and posting of signs denoting their apartment communities as "Crime-Free."  Phase 4 of the Crime-Free Multi-Housing program will find Redlands police officers scheduling resident-manager meetings at participating apartment communities.  At these meetings, residents will be given information about local crime trends and crime prevention techniques.  The fifth and final phase certifies the apartment community as Crime-Free.  The Redlands Police Department holds a couple of Crime-Free Multi-Housing workshops each year, one in the spring and the second in the fall.

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