Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

Why Should My Property Participate in This Program?

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties.  The Program was successfully developed at the Mesa, Arizona Police Department in 1992 and has since spread throughout the United States and Canada. The program has been implemented in over 2,000 cities in 48 U.S. States, 5 Canadian Provinces, England, Japan, Finland and Puerto Rico. These properties will reap the benefits of reduced crime, better community awareness, increased property values, more attractive neighborhoods, advertisement of participation and improved quality of life.

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How Do We Get Involved?

Getting involved in the City’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is simple. There are no requirements other than the desire to establish or maintain a “Crime Free” environment. The three phases are completed in consecutive order and members of the police department will be with you every step of the way to assist you with becoming fully certified in the program. Once the apartment community is fully certified, the property will be granted permission the use of Crime Free Multi-Housing signs stating they have joined the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. The property will also be granted use of the program logo for marketing purposes.

To obtain further information on the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
and/or to register for upcoming training contact:
Sergeant Harry Haigh at or call (615)895-3875

Crime Free Multi-Housing Workbook

Program Certification Process

Phase I Landlords and property managers are invited to attend a free education training class on various aspects of effective property management.  Topics discussed include applicant screening, rental agreements, ongoing property management, crime prevention through environmental design, warning signs of gang and drug activity, the role of the police, crisis resolution, and housing assistance programs.
Phase II During Phase II of the program an on-sight property review is conducted from a crime prevention standpoint utilizing the tools of CPTED.  The CPTED concept incorporates such issues as locks, lighting, landscaping, and cleanliness of the property.
Phase III Phase III of the program incorporates tenant involvement through resident crime prevention training.  Properties are required to hold an on-sight apartment watch meeting which is conducted by a representative of the police department.