Protect Your Home

Crime Free Multi-Housing

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:

Phase One:

  • 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.

Phase Two:

  • CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) inspection to assess the physical security and general appearance of your property.

Phase Three:

  • 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.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a comprehensive, practical approach to crime prevention. The implementation of key CPTED principles addresses the areas of residences usually targeted by criminals. By making simple physical changes to the environment around your residence, you can drastically reduce or eliminate criminal behaviour. These changes reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

To discuss Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) practices or to book an audit, click on the button below.

Book a CPTED assessment here