The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program uses a unique three-phase approach that ensures resident friendly techniques will be applied to achieve crime prevention goals. The three components (and final certificate) that make up the program are:
- Management Training
- Security Assessment
- Resident Safety Social
- Full Certification Status
All three phases of the program must be met before the property/complex can be certified in the CFMH program. The three phases do not need to be completed in any particular order.
Resident managers and/or property owners attend an eight-hour seminar presented by the Fremont Police Department. Topics include:
- Applicant screening
- Drug/gang recognition
- Eviction process
- Rental agreements
- Role of working with police, fire, housing / code enforcement, and other city staff
Special emphasis is given to training owners and managers on applicant screening (to include criminal history background checks), and active property management.
In this phase, managers will learn:
- Actions to take if they suspect illegal activity on their property
- Active property management
- Benefits of applicant screening
- CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
- Crisis resolution and the eviction process
- Fair housing (treating everyone the same)
- How to become a proactive property manager
- How to maintain a fire safe environment
- How to use crime prevention techniques on their property
- The role of the police and working with the police
- The warning signs of drug activity and other suspicious illegal activity
- Tips for drug and gang recognition
- Tips to strengthen rental agreements
- Understanding criminal background checks
- Using the Crime Free Lease Addendum
Property owners/managers who complete Phase One Training will receive a green certificate listing their achievement. The certificate should be displayed in the Property Manager's office, so that it is visible to future applicants.
In this phase the property is inspected by Crime Prevention personnel to assess the physical security and general appearance of the property.
The phase two red certificate indicates the rental property has met the minimum security requirements for resident's safety, which includes:
- Adequate security lighting
- Door viewers (180 degree peep holes)
- Landscaping for visual sight lines such as bushes and trees (For example, bushes should be no higher than three feet and the lowest branches of trees should be not lower than seven feet)
- Pools depths properly marked, adequate lighting, pool rules posted, CPR signs posted, clear sight line into the pool area
- Security strike plates with three-inch screws
- Single cylinder dead bolt locks (one-inch throw)
- Visible addressing on all units/buildings including building numbering on all four sides of the building
- Windows with adequate locks and anti-lift/anti-remove mechanisms for sliding doors
If the property meets the requirements the property will receive a red certificate signed by the Chief of Police and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator.
A meeting is held for the residents where crime watch and crime prevention techniques are discussed. The police department, resident managers, and residents work together to promote a community. This will include information about general safety principles and crime prevention. Topics discussed include:
- Apartment and Neighborhood Watch Programs
- Being proactive by getting to know your neighbors
- Explain the Crime Free Multi-Housing program to residents
- Management's concerns
- Operation Identification
- Personal safety tips
- Resident's concerns
- Using 9-1-1
Management is responsible for providing food, non-alcoholic beverages, and any entertainment for the event. It is necessary to conduct at least one meeting per year with the residents to maintain membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing program.
The phase three blue certificate will be issued after the meeting, which demonstrates that management is committed, and has completed this phase of the program.
Once all phases have been completed, the owner/property manager will receive a final certificate. This certificate is valid for one year. After a property is fully certified in the CFMH program, it is necessary for management to host one safety-related crime prevention meeting with the residents each year, to renew their membership. The property may then use the Crime Free logo in their advertisements.
Management can then post the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program signs on the property. It is recommended that one sign be posted at each entrance of the property so perspective residents, current residents, and guests will see them. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program signs are property of the Fremont Police Department and the usage of the signs can be revoked if management fails to meet the criteria of the program, or management elects to discontinue participation in the program.
A final gold certificate will be issued to the complex, stating that the property managers/owner of the complex has completed all three stages in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.