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Crime Free Multi-Housing Program


The program's concept is to take a multi-faceted approach to crime prevention. This program is a unique coalition of police, property managers, and residents of rental properties, and is designed to be an on-going program with a three phase approach to address all of the opportunities of crime in rental property. There are numerous cities around the country that are using this program and have experienced a very high success rate in reducing crime in their communities. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has achieved almost instant success. In rental properties with the highest crime rates, the immediate results showed up to a 90% reduction in police calls for service. Even the best properties showed reductions of 15% to 20% were not uncommon.

This program will also include a Crime Free Lease Addendum which has shown to be the backbone of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. The 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.

The certification process is stated below:

Phase 1

  1. Manager Certification (manager of property attends a 4 hour training class and will be certified at the end of the class)

  2. Manager can bring an assistant and other staff members if desired

Phase 2

  1. C.P.T.E.D. Inspection (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)

  2. Property has to meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Single cylinder metal dead bolts on all single entry units (a metal 1 inch throw minimum)
  2. 180 degree eye viewers on all front doors
  3. Anti-lift/slide devices on sliding windows and doors (exception may be taken with second floor and higher units where no outside access is reasonably possible)
  4. The property must be in compliance with minimum Crime Free landscaping requirements
  5. The property must be in compliance with minimum Crime Free lighting requirement based on C.P.T.E.D. requirements
  6. 3 inch screws in the strike plates of the door

Phase 3

  1. Safety Social

  2. In the third and final phase of the program, members of the Forest Park Police Department CFMHP unit will attend a "Safety Social" for residents at the rental property. They will provide information about general safety principles and crime prevention - to include neighborhood watch information. They will also explain the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to the residents of the community. It is encouraged to offer food, drink, and a "children friendly" environment to encourage everyone in the community to attend. Door prizes (possibly to include a grand prize of a reduction in one month's rent) are a very good way to gain participation.

    Once these requirements are met, there will be a sign that the property manager can purchase that will identify their property as a participant in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. There will also be certificates given out for each phase of the program once it is completed.

    The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program coordinators will work closely and assist the apartment managers as needed. There are numerous benefits to this program and the benefits will be discussed in greater detail in future training classes.

    If you have any questions or would like to be part of this program, please contact Detective Mike O'Connor at 708-615-6254.

Security Surveys/ Risk Assessments

A Crime Free Multi Housing Officer will meet with the resident or business owner in his/her home or business and discuss various crime prevention measures that can be taken to improve the security of their home or business. While taking a brief tour of the building and property, the Crime Prevention Officer will complete a residential or business security survey form which will be discussed and turned over to the resident or business owner.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

The Forest Park Police Department Crime Free Unit can recommend crime prevention strategies in the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings. CPTED includes many principals targeting the design, layout lighting, and physical look of an area in an effort to reduce the likelihood of burglaries and other criminal activity.

Private Property "No Trespass Agreement" Program

The Forest Park Police Department with the cooperation of private businesses and apartment building and condominium owners are implementing the Private Property "No Trespass Agreement" Program to reduce vandalism, gang-related activity, and loitering on private property. Download the application here.  For more information, contact Det. Mike O'Connor at 708-615-6254.

Obtaining a Copy of a Police Report

Property owners and managers can obtain a copy of the police report for an incident that occurred on their property.  Either come into the Forest Park Police Department to fill out a Freedom of Information form or click here to download the form.  Fill out the form and return it to the Forest Park Police Department.

Not all reports qualify for release. Arrests not yet adjudicated are not released. Cases actively being investigated are not released. Juvenile information is not released. Personal information of an intimate nature is not released.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Det. Mike O'Connor at 708-615-6254 or at moconnor@forestpark.net.

Crime Free Housing Links

Crime Free / Nuisance Abatement Ordinance
Fair Housing Regulations
Lease Addendum
The International Crime Free Association