ACTIVE LANDLORDS + SAFER PROPERTIES + INVOLVED RESIDENTS = LESS CRIMES
The Crime Free Housing Program is a FREE program designed to help owners and managers of rental properties to keep drugs and other illegal activity off of their properties. The purpose is to educate the owners and their residents to improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods through the reduction of crime.
Next class date to be determined at the end of October or beginning of November.
There are a number of benefits to owners which include:
- Improved property value
- Improved personal safety for residents
- Stable, more satisfied tenant base resulting in an increased demand for rental units
- Lower maintenance and repair cost
- More time spent on routine management and less on crisis control
The program is solution oriented, and has three key elements that will ensure the crime prevention goal:
PHASE 1: The Longmont Police Department will host a one-day free seminar. Topics include: working with police, warning signs for illegal activity, crime prevention strategies, crime free drug free lease addendum, being a pro-active property manager, strengthening rental agreements, resident and employee screening, the eviction process and building community.
PHASE 2: A security evaluation inspection is performed by the Longmont Police Department to ensure the property meets minimum security standards.
PHASE 3: Apartment communities will host a crime prevention event to establish an apartment watch program.
At completion of all three phases, the property will be granted permission to use the "Crime Free Housing" signs stating they have joined the Crime Free Housing Program. The property will be audited annually for compliance in order to grant a renewal certificate.
What is the cost of criminal and nuisance activity on rental property?
- Decline in property value when the activity begins to affect the reputation of the neighborhood
- Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, neglect as well as police searches
- Fire resulting from manufacturing or grow operations
- Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods
- Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants or their guests
- Increased resentment and anger between neighbors
For additional questions you can email or call (303) 774-3696.