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Crime Free Housing Program
The Crime Free Housing Program is a state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment and rental properties.

The International Crime Free Multi-Housing program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

Program Benefits
  • A stable, more satisfied resident base
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, managers, and owners
  • Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management
  • Increased property values
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs
  • More appreciative neighbors
  • More time for routine management and less time on crisis control

Phase I
 National Crime Free Housing ("CFH") Program Requirements
  • Attend an eight-hour crime-free housing course presented by police, fire, public housing and others on the following topics:
    • Crime Prevention Theory
    • CPTED Theory (Physical Security)
    • Benefits of Resident Screening
    • Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues
    • Crime Free Lease Addendum
    • Key Control and Master Key Use
    • On-Going Security Management Monitoring and Responding to Criminal Activity
    • Gangs, Drugs Activity, and Crime Prevention
    • Legal Warnings, Notices & Evictions Working Smarter With the Police Fire and Life Safety Training Community Awareness

Additional City Requirements per Chapter  12-914
  • Use a written lease including the Minnesota Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum.
  • Check the criminal background of all prospective tenants and, upon request, provide a copy of Third Party Background Check procedures for Tenants.
  • Actively pursue the eviction of tenants who violate the terms of the lease and/or the Crime Free Lease Addendum.

Phase II

National Crime Free Housing Program Requirements

  • Security Assessment - Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED) 
    • Minimum exterior door requirement
      • Single cylinder dead bold with 1 inch throw bolt
      • Security strike plates with four 3 inch screw
      • 180 degree door viewer
    • Minimum window requirement
      • Adequate functioning lock
      • Anti-lift/removal for sliding door
    • Minimum exterior lighting standards
    • Landscape maintenance standards compliance
    • Properly install and visible address numbers

Additional City Requirements per City Code 12-914
  • Attend a minimum of 25 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.

Phase III
National Crime Free Housing Program Requirements
  • Landlords make a written crime-free commitment
  • Commit to proper tenant screening - use minimum screening criteria
  • Commit to having their tenants sign and abide by a crime free lease addendum
  • Commit to maintaining their property (CPTED) security criteria
  • Commit to properly checking their properties regularly (inside and out, at least once every 2 months)
  • Commit to notifying the neighbors of their rental and their name, phone # and address
  • Commit to working with police and other agencies
  • Commit to being re-certified annually
Additional City Requirements per City Code 12-914
  • For properties with more than four units, conduct resident training annually for the residents where crime watch and crime prevention techniques are discussed.
  • For properties with more than four units, hold regular resident meetings.
  • Attend a minimum of 50 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.
  • Have no City Code violations that were not resolved in accordance with compliance orders within the past year.

More Information
For more information, please contact the crime prevention specialist at (763) 503-3272. For monthly crime prevention tips, please visit the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association.