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Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

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The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is an international program. The program began in 1992 and has spread to over 40 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and over 1400 cities. Mesa Police Department Crime Free Programs Supervisor Tim Zehring, founder of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, can be seen in New Westminster, B.C. (Canada) which was the first international city to join the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.



  • A stable, more satisfied tenant base.
  • Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management.
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs.
  • Increased property values.
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers.

Points to Consider

Costs of Drug Activity In Rental Property

When drug criminals and other destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price. That price may include:

  • Decline in property values -- particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.
  • Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect; property damage from police raids.
  • Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations.
  • Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property -- or even property seizure.
  • Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods.
  • Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants.
  • Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers.
  • The loss of other valued tenants.

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The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will teach you:

I. Prevention and Applicant Screening

  • How code compliance (preparing the property) can protect your rights as a landlord.
  • Benefits of applicant screening.
  • Tips to strengthen rental agreements.
  • How to become a proactive property manager.
  • Maintaining a fire safe environment.
  • Development of life safety awareness.

II. Drug Nuisance Abatement

  • Warning signs of drug activity.
  • Actions you must take if you discover your tenant or tenant's guests are conducting illegal activities at your property.
  • Role of the police.
  • Crisis resolution and the eviction process.

III. Resource Materials

  • 100-page manual with additional community resources for tenants, landlords, and property managers.
  • A manual addressing fire and life safety awareness for tenants, landlords, and property managers.
  • Many other FREE materials will be available at class time.

One of the tools of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is the Crime Free Lease Addendum. In some states, the Addendum has been adapted to state statute.

And best of all ... the training is FREE!!

The MESA CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM was designed to help tenants, owners, and the managers of rental property keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property.

This program is honest and direct. It is solution oriented. It is designed to be easy, yet very effective in reducing the incident of crime in rental property.

The program utilizes a unique three-part approach which ensures the crime prevention goal while maintaining an approach which is very tenant-friendly. When each phase is completed, a certificate of completion is awarded.

Phase One involves an 8 hour seminar presented by the police and fire departments.

Phase Two will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the tenants' safety.

In Phase Three a tenant crime prevention meeting will be conducted for full certification, and the managers will be granted the use of large metal signs for display on the property. The management will also be granted the use of the program logo in all advertisements.

After a property is fully certified, it is necessary for management to host one safety-related crime prevention meeting with the residents each year to renew their membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing program. They will be issued a gold certificate which expires 12 months after the crime prevention meeting.


Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Coordinator
tel: (480) 644-2090
fax: (480) 964-5768


The Mesa Police Department's Crime Analysis Unit web site provides many crime statistics, including statistics on Apartments/Townhouses/Condos and Mobile Home Communities in the Mesa area.

What Others Have Said About The Program...

"This appears to be the ONLY program I know which will work in rental property."

"It will give me more self-confidence in dealing with tenants, and enhance my belief we can have a choice in trying to live crime and drug free."

"Of particular value was support for concepts that in the past, I wasn't sure were correct. It's great to hear that we don't have to put up with any drug and crime related activity. I've been in multi-housing for 8-9 years and have taken several classes and seminars. I learned more valuable information in the first 4 hours of this class than in several other classes combined!"

"The levels of energy and presentation are the best I have ever been exposed to in at least 20 years of corporate seminars...a credit to the force and to our community."

"It was presented in a manner that certainly kept my attention. The information on drugs and gangs was also very valuable."

"I think you have a wonderful concept here. I would think the goals are in the right place."

Check out our other Crime Free Programs:


Crime Free Hotel/Motel ProgramCrime Free Mini-Storage ProgramCrime Free Mobile Housing Program

Hotel/Motel | Mini-Storage | Mobile-Housing

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