The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is designed to help owners, managers, residents and police work together to keep illegal and nuisance activity out of rental communities.
What the Program is all about
- Multi-faceted approach to crime prevention geared specifically for the rental community.
- Partnership between police, landlords and residents.
- Copyright program (Mesa Police) that utilizes a three-phase certification process.
- Comprehensive screening process for new residents and renewed leases.
- Benefits to all partners involved.
CFMHP - Three-Phase Certification Process
Phase 1: Landlord Management Training (one-time certification training)
The police train the landlord (employees) in understanding:
- Crime prevention;
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED);
- Resident selection;
- Combating illegal activity;
- Good property management; and
- Building partnerships within the community.
Phase 2: CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Envi ronmental Design) Inspection
The police conduct a yearly CPTED audit of the building and grounds and provide a written report to the landlord. The landlord must meet the minimum standards to receive certification. Basic fundamentals of CPTED are:
- Access Control;
- Surveillance; and
- Territorial Reinforcement (includes maintenance and activity generators).
Phase 3: Resident Safety Social
The police meet with residents to explain the Program and the importance of their role in the partnership with police and the landlord by:
- Encouraging participation in pro-active initiatives; and
- Providing crime prevention and safety awareness tips.
Landlords who receive full certification in the Program are permitted to post the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program signs and include the copyright logo in their advertising.
Benefits for Landlords:
- More stable and satisfied resident base - extended lease term.
- Lower maintenance and repair costs - improved property values.
- Improved personal safety for owners and managers.
- Appreciation for dedication to Community involvement - appreciative neighbours - improved communication.
Benefits for Residents:
- Safer and more pleasant place to live - want a longer term residency.
- Community environment -neighbours actually speak to each other.
- Identify with owners and managers who care and make a difference.
- Develop a sense of personal pride & ownership.
Benefits for Police:
- Reduced calls for service.
- Better use of police resources.
- Better communication - exchange of information.
- Cooperation and better relationship with owners, managers and residents for the purposes of crime prevention, detection and enforcement.
To obtain further information on the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program contact:
Diane Larocque CFMHP Coordinator LarocqueD@ottawapolice.ca 613- 236-1222 ext 2324
Sgt. Andrew Roach, CPTED Unit and Crime Free Multi housing Program, RoachA@ottawapolice.ca 613-236-1222, ext 2319
Landlords presently participating in the program include:
Byron Rental Properties 613-565-4500
Citywide properties management 613-454-5628
Hollington Apartments 613-699-0993
IPT Investments Island Park Towers 613-729-4348