October 23, 2014

 Crime Free Housing Training

The West Fargo Police Department Crime Free Multi-housing program now takes a comprehensive three phase approach to ensure a safe rental property environment. Phase one provides training to the property owner, property manager and the maintenance staff. The training is free of charge.

Those attending the training will receive instruction in: understanding crime prevention; conducting the application screening process; fundamentals of personal safety; fair housing standards; establishing lease and lease addendums; concept of active property management; working with local law enforcement and fire departments; and drug and gang awareness. The target audience for the training is the property owner, the property manager, and maintenance staff.

Phase two is a basic Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection of the property. Trained personnel from the police department review the property and provide recommendations to improve safety and security for the residents.

Phase three is an organized resident social. The purpose of the social is to promote a community setting, introduce residents and staff, and provide educational materials relating to crime watch and crime prevention techniques.

Certificates are presented to the property owner or manager at the completion of each phase. Once all three phases have been completed a final certification is issued. The certification is good for one year. Final certification entitles the property owner or manager to free background checks on crime free housing applications, free reports relating to activities occurring on their property, free CPTED surveys, free crime free program materials, and free crime free multi-housing signs to be placed on the property.

The West Fargo Crime Free Multi-housing Program is based on the crime free program developed by Tim Zehring of the Mesa, AZ Police Department. The West Fargo Police Department is a member of the International Crime Free Housing Association. Questions about the program should be directed to Pam Cota, Crime Free Housing Coordinator, West Fargo Police Department 433-5500.