The Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) is a program designed to make multi-family dwellings and single family rental homes safe and desirable places to live. The CFMH program provides a partnership between police, local property owners / managers, and residents to foster a safe, healthy, crime free community in rental housing. CFMH is pro-property manager, pro-resident, and anti-crime.
Fremont Police Crime-Free Program Property owners, managers, assistant managers, leasing agents, office staff, maintenance staff, and anyone who works with housing is encouraged to participate in the program.
- A stable, more satisfied resident 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, managers, and owners.
- More time for routine management and less time on crisis control.
- More appreciative neighbors.
- Peace of mind that comes from spending more time on routine management and less on crisis control.
- Safer, more secure environment.
- Improved personal safety for renters and their families.
- Confidence in knowing building meets minimum security requirement.
- Involvement in the community.
- Improved quality of life.
- Healthier family environment.
Law Enforcement Benefits
- Tried and true crime prevention methods.
- Confirmed drop in calls for service.
- Improved quality of life for the community at large.
- Teaches property managers and residents how to work with police and neighbors to keep drugs and other illegal activity out of rental property.
- A community oriented policing approach to crime prevention
Costs of Drug/Criminal Activity in Rental Property
When criminals involved in drugs and other illegal activities operate out of rental properties, communities suffer, neighborhoods suffer, and property owners/managers suffer due to:
- Civil penalties - including temporary closure of the property or property seizure.
- Decline in property values - particularly when the illegal activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.
- Fear and frustration - when dealing with dangerous and threatening residents or guests.
- Fire or condemnation - resulting from illegal drug manufacturing or illegal growing operations.
- Loss of rent - during the eviction and repair periods.
- Property damage - arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect.
- Resentment and anger - between individuals (residents, neighbors, and managers).
The loss of other valued residents.
Fully Certified Properties Disclaimer
As a benefit of completing all three phases of the Fremont Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, the below list of Apartment Communities have been added to the list of Fully Certified Properties. The posting of an Apartment Community on this website does not guarantee a crime free environment; it merely signifies that the Apartment Community has reached full certification in the Fremont Police Department Crime Free Program.
List of Fully Certified Properties as of December 2019:
- Alborada Apartments, 1001 Beethoven Cmn, 94538, (510) 797-1800
- Archstone Fremont Center, 39410 Civic Center Drive, 94538, (510)792-1299
- Ardenwood Forrest, 5016 Paseo Padre Parkway, (510)794-1020
- Avalon Fremont, 39939 Stevenson Cmn, 94538, (510)657-3333
- Avelina Apartments, 221 Bryant Co, 94539, (510) 770-8551
- Baywood (Eden) Apartment, 4275 Bay St, 94538, (510) 651-1075
- Boulevard Apartments, 40001 Fremont Blvd., 94538, (510)656-9700
- Briarwood Apartments at Central Park, 4200 Bay St, 94538, (510) 657-6322
- Casa Blanca, 38863 Fremont Blvd., 94536, (510)585-0100
- Century Village, 41299 Paseo Padre Pkwy, 94539, 510) 651-1040
- Chapel Corner Senior Apartments, 40455 Chapel Way, 94538, (510)226-1102
- Creekside Village, 2999 Sequioa Ter, 94536, (510) 795-7336
- DaCosta Castle Apartments, 4222 Central Avenue, 94536, (510)585-0100
- Durham Greens Apartments, 43555 Grimmer Blvd, (510)252-5910 or (510) 651-1075
- Eaves Fremont Avalon, 231 Woodcreek Cmn, 94539, (510) 490-2995
- Fontana Apartments, 3843 Carol Ave, 94538, (510) 651-0909
- Glen Haven Apartments, 4262 Central Avenue, 94536, (510)793-4336
- Glenmoor Townhomes, 37536 Glenmoor Drive, 94536, (510) 585-0100
- Glenview Apartments, 4400 Central Avenue, 94536, (510)793-4336
- Howard Collins Apartments, 4165 Bay Street, 94538, (510)226-7141/909-4385
- Kreiger Apartments, 4255 Central Avenue, 94536, (510)825-6562
- Laguna Commons, 41152 Fremont Blvd, 94538, (510) 438-9849
- Lakeview Apartments, 4205 Mowry Ave, 94538, (510) 792-6700
- Main Street Village, 3615 Main St, (510)230-2369
- Maple Square Apartments, 4163 Baine Avenue, 94536, (510)713-8555
- Marybaya Apartment Homes, 36000 Fremont Blvd., 94536, (510)793-4070
- Metro Fremont, 4444 Hansen Ave, 94536, (510)790-9008
- Mission Heights Condominiums, 181 Mohave Common, 94539, (510)656-4693
Be safe. When you rent an apartment, you need to accept the responsibility to protect yourself, your possessions, and the personal safety of others. Although management is obligated to provide basic security, items such as locks and exterior lights, in no way should they be expected to be responsible for your complete security. You must be aware of basic crime prevention techniques and practice them.
Do more than the minimum and be involved in your community. Every tenant plays a very important role in helping make your apartment community a safe place for everyone.
View your relationships with your apartment managers / owners, staff, neighbors, and police as a partnership. Every one of us are allies and we constitute a force more powerful than crime itself.
Safety for Your Vehicle
- Always lock your vehicle.
- If you observe suspicious activity (i.e., someone looking into vehicles) report it to the police.
- Mark your property. Record serial numbers of stereos, speakers, and other valuables.
- Never leave any item in plain sight in your vehicle.
- Never leave items of value in your vehicle.
- Park in well-lit areas.
Remember: Leaving items of value in a vehicle in plain view is the number one reason vehicles get broken into.
Safety Around the Complex
- Be alert when using common areas such as the laundry room, elevator, stairwell, or parking lot.
- Close the blinds or shades after dark so you or your property can not be seen at night.
- Get to know your neighbors. They will be less likely to play the stereo loud and more likely to watch out for you or your property if you form a positive relationship.
- Make sure entryways and stairwells are well-lit. If you see someone lurking, do not enter.
- Participate in Operation Identification. Engrave and inventory all valuables.
- Tell management about any burned-out lights or other safety concerns.
Your Role as a Resident
- Become involved in your community and report suspicious activity to management or police.
- Do not destroy, deface, damage, impair, or remove any part of the premises or allow another to either.
- Do not park in someone's spot.
- Dispose of garbage and trash in the proper places provided.
- Ensure that all of your guests abide by the rules outlined in your lease. You are responsible for the actions and behavior of all of your guests.
- Follow all rules and agreements of your lease.
- If you have an assigned parking place, use it and inform your guests where to park.
- Respect your neighbors' right to a peaceful enjoyment of their residence.
- Use all areas of the apartment community with the appropriate intent and in a reasonable and responsible manner.
- Be observant.
- In emergency situations, call 9-1-1.
- In non-emergency situations call (510) 790-6800. Call the police during any threatening, violent, or potentially violent situations.
- Never give your keys or copies of your keys to anyone.
- Never impede controlled access doors. Never leave or prop controlled access doors open. Promptly close any such doors if noticed.
- Never let a stranger walk into your building. Advise them to contact the person they are visiting.
- Report any activity, people, cars, etc. that are suspicious.
Property Management and Screening Tips
Usually when property is rented, management wants to make sure that it stays crime free. Filling a vacancy is easy, but filling a vacancy with a tenant who will pay the rent on time, not annoy neighbors, and keep the property in decent condition can be difficult.
Doing thorough checks on prospective tenants will help avoid the ones who may become problems in the future. In order to complete thorough checks owners/managers need to have a plan for screening the prospects. Property owners/managers should not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, and marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, or sexual orientation. The same criterion needs to be used for everyone.
Screening standards are nothing more than criteria selected in advance, regarding minimum qualifications tenants who live on your property must meet. Management should provide written documentation outlining the screening process and provide each applicant or prospective applicant a copy for their review.
Tips for Criminal Background Checks
- Compare applicants identification with their written applications. Ask for clarification if the information does not match or if there are discrepancies.
- Have the applicant sign a Criminal Background Check Consent Form that indicates they have knowledge a criminal background check is being performed.
- Review the completed form for accuracy, legibility, and be sure all questions have been addressed/answered.
- Always run a credit check on every applicant. Do not accept credit checks run by the applicant. Even if they are a friend or relative, you may not know them as well as you think.
- A person with a bad credit history may have problems with paying rent on time.
Tips for Showing Rental Property
- Carry a cordless phone or a cell phone with you in case of an emergency or if you need to call for assistance.
- Do not accept walk-ins after hours. Show property by appointment only.
- Let potential tenants know you require valid picture identification before you show the property. This may prevent any criminal activity/assault during the showing, as they know they can be identified.
- Stand near the exit during the showing. Let prospective renters look through the unit. Do not let them get between you and the exit.
- Try to have another person with you, such as another manager or trusted tenant if no one else is available, when showing a unit. If this is not possible, let someone know where you are and when you can be expected back.
- When showing an apartment turn (lock) the deadbolts on the door while the door is still open. This will prevent the door from closing all the way.
Lease Addendum for Crime Free Multi-Housing Units
The Crime Free Lease Addendum is a vital part of the Crime Free Program and was put in place to help keep illegal activity off rental property.It is the heart of this police sponsored and highly successful crime prevention program. A lease addendum is a civil contract between a landlord and resident whereby the rental applicant agrees prior to tenancy to abide by the rules of the property and to not participate in or allow criminal activity to occur within their sphere of influence.