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Jacksonville police to participate in property program

The Jacksonville Police Department Participates in the Crime Free Multi-Housing and Crime Free Rental Property program.

“Our goal is to keep crime out of our neighborhoods,” said April Kiser, public information officer for the Jacksonville Police Department.

Capt. Kenny Boyd added, “We encourage property owners, managers and landlords to participate in this great opportunity. If we work together, we can provide housing that is clean, safe and reduce crime for our citizens.”

The Crime Free Multi-Housing program was developed in 1992 in Mesa, Ariz. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, five Canadian Provinces, Mexico, England, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Puerto Rico. The Crime Free Multi-Housing program was designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties.

The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the Jacksonville 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.

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 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 three phases of the program include:

Phase I

Management Training (8-Hours) Taught by the Police (free)

• Crime Prevention Theory

• CPTED Theory (Physical Security);

• Benefits of Resident Screening;

• Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues;

• Crime Free Lease Addendum;

• 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 & Evictions Working Smarter with the Police Fire and Life Safety Training Community Awareness loss of other valued tenants;

Phase II

CPTED • Survey by the Police

• 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

• Community awareness and continuous participation is encouraged

People may pick up a registration form at the Jacksonville Police Department.

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