A crime-free property is good for business! Or at least taking a proactive stance to prevent crime is of major importance to the health and well-being of a multi-family community. Residents who take an active part in protecting their homes is essential, and owners and their management can help the process with education. Crime prevention seminars and discussions help give residents the tools they need to recognize acceptable or troublesome conduct on site.
Seniors in particular can be targets of abuse, and programs such as National Night Out and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program help residents and local police work together to recognize problems and how to deal with them effectively.
Quick-fixes and temporary measures such as hiring a security patrol for a few months only yield temporary results. Without long-lasting changes to the environment the crime problem returns when temporary measures are terminated. It is only when everyone works together that continued, positive results are ensured. A good plan for safety and security is designed to integrate into the daily routine of management. Partnering with law enforcement is the most effective method to prevent crime, and in turn, properties benefit financially and psychologically.
When a property is safe and sound, it attracts good tenants. Good tenants tend to abide by the law, pay rent on time, sign longer leases, maintain their residence, watch out for each other, and retain a pride in the development. It is a win-win for all concerned.