Crime Free Multi-Housing
Working to keep criminal activity out of rental property.

What is Crime Free Multi-Housing?
Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) is a program designed to make multi-family dwellings safe and desirable places to live. CFMH is a pro-property manager, pro-resident, and anti-crime.

The program uses a unique three-phase approach that ensures resident friendly techniques will be applied to maintain crime prevention goals. The three components that make up the program are:

1. Management training
2. Security assessment
3. Resident training/crime watch

Benefits of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

Management Benefits:

  • A stable, more satisfied resident 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, managers, and owners
  • More time for routine management and less time on crisis control
  • More appreciative neighbors

Law Enforcement Benefits:

  • Tried and true crime prevention methods
  • Proven drop in calls for service by up to 67%
  • Improved quality of life for the community at large
  • Teaches property managers and residents how to work with police and neighbors to keep drugs and other illegal activity out of rental property
  • A community oriented policing approach to crime prevention


Phase One: Management Training (Day One training)
Resident managers (and/or property owners) attend an eight-hour seminar presented by police, fire, public housing and others.

Managers Learn:

  • Use crime prevention on their property
  • Benefits of applicant screening
  • Tips to strengthen rental agreements
  • How to become a proactive property manager
  • How to maintain a fire safe environment
  • The warning signs of drug activity
  • Actions to take if they suspect illegal activity on their property
  • The role of the police
  • Crisis resolution and the eviction process

Phase Two: Security Assessment
This phase will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the tenant's safety, which include:

  • Single cylinder dead bolt locks
  • Security strike plates with 3--inch screws
  • Door viewers (peep holes)
  • Windows with adequate locks and anti-lift/anti-remove mechanisms for sliding doors
  • Adequate security lighting

Phase Three: Resident Training
A meeting is held for the residents where crime watch and crime prevention techniques are discussed. The police, resident managers and residents work together to promote a "community." Topics discussed include:

  • Personal safety tips
  • Using 9-1-1
  • Being proactive and getting to know your neighbors

To obtain information on landlord and tenants rights, go to For crime free lease addendum see attached copy. If you have any questions or wish to join the Marshall Crime Free Housing contact Detective Jody Gladis at the Marshall Police Department at 507-537-7000.


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