The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is designed to keep illegal activity away from residential multi-family sites. The program increases quality of life and residents' sense of security. The volunteer-based program provides certification for multi-family properties of all sizes.
The crime free multi-housing concept began in Mesa, Arizona in July 1992 and is used across the United States and Canada.
- A stable, more satisfied resident base.
- Increased demand for rental units with the crime free reputation.
- Increased property values.
- Lower maintenance and repair costs.
- Improved personal safety for residents, owners and property managers.
Certification is obtained in three phases:
- Training seminar conducted by VicPD.
- Addresses topics such as:
- understanding crime prevention,
- the application process,
- community rules/leases,
- active property management, and
- dealing with non-compliance.
- CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) inspection to assess the physical security and general appearance of your property.
- The Victoria Police Department will conduct a session for residents of your property. It is necessary to conduct one meeting a year to maintain certification. Information provided will include:
- general safety principles,
- crime prevention,
- residents' role in the program, and
- Block Watch.