Crime Free Multi-Housing


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 aboutCMHC sign

  • 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 613- 236-1222 ext 2324

Sgt. Andrew Roach, CPTED Unit and Crime Free Multi housing Program, 613-236-1222, ext 2319

Landlords presently participating in the program include:

Minto logo  CLV logo  Regional logo  Millcraft logo

Osgoode logo  Paramount logo  Triole Logo

SPCL logo United Properties Ottawa logo

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