One of the most effective ways of fighting crime and ultimately reducing costs for owners is by working together with local agencies. Crime Free Multi Housing offers the opportunity to participate, to share information, and increase awareness of the issues associated within the rental community.
The program consists of three phases:
The Phase One component of the program requires the completion of a training workshop. Resident managers and/or Owners attend a one day seminar presented by the Police in partnership with the BC Crime Prevention Association.
The Phase Two component consists of a Crime Free Coordinator conducting a security review of your property. The rental property or community must meet minimum safety and security standards. A representative from the police detachment or department will conduct a security evaluation of the property and make recommendations.
The Phase Three component is where you, as the owner/manager are asked to host an annual Safety Social/meeting for their residents to involve them in reducing crime on the property and to get involved in the community.
How Will the Crime Free Multi Housing Program Benefit My Building?
The Crime Free Program will help your building look better and operate more efficiently. Tenants will want to stay longer in their homes as they now have pride in where they live. They have taken ownership of the rental community and want to make their home a safe and crime free place to live. As an owner you have the peace of mind knowing that you have tenants who care and want to look after you investment. A true “Crime Free” environment can improve your bottom line by increasing occupancy and longevity within the building. By providing a safe and crime free environment, you reduce the chances of an employee or tenant being injured, and therefore the financial liability associated with such events.
For owners and managers:
– a more stable and satisfied resident base
– increased demand for suites by desirable residents
– lower maintenance and repair costs (both for the owner and the City)
– improved property values
– improved safety for owners, managers and residents
– appreciative neighbours, create a community looking after one another
-more time for routine management as opposed to crisis management
– decrease in civil liability
– a safer and more pleasant place to live
– owners and managers who care
– longer term residency
– a “community” environment where neighbours help and care for one another
* an increased sense of personal ownership
– reduce spending from City budget (graffiti, street maintenance, lighting, bylaws and licensing)
– reduced calls for service and property crime
-release officers time to patrol and detect street disorder/violent/property crime
– co-operation and better relationships with owners, managers and residents for the purposes of crime prevention, detection and enforcement