Rental properties present a unique challenge for law enforcement. The typical Block Watch approach to residents in single family homes is not easily adapted to rental communities. In single family homes, owners generally have a large cash investment in the purchase of their home.
In rental properties, the communities tend to be much more transient. Most often, residents sign a six-month, nine-month, or a twelve-month lease. In many cases, owners don’t even require leases, and residency is based on a month-to-month agreement.
The program includes the following:
Police issued "Crime Free-Housing" signs
"Crime Free-Housing" certificates
"Crime Free Multi-Housing" advertising privileges
One of the key components of the program includes:
Crime Free Lease Addendum
This addendum to the lease agreement lists specific criminal acts that, if committed on the property, will result in the immediate termination of the resident’s lease.
Measurable results in the reduction of police calls-for service for properties participating in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program have been seen nation wide. Some rental properties have realized up to a 90% reduction in police calls for service.
For more information please contact the Surprise Police Department’s Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit at (623) 222-4422.