Crime Free Multi-Housing

The Norman Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is designed to create partnerships with apartment communities, while having the common goal of reducing criminal activity. The certification process consists of three (3) phases. Phase I is an eight (8) hour management training course taught by police. Phase II is a security survey done by police using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. Phase III is a crime prevention social organized by management and taught by both management and police. Upon completion of each phase, a certificate is awarded and displayed in a common area of the management office. After completion of all three phases the community will be fully certified. Full certification permits the right to post the Norman Crime Free Multi-Housing Program sign and advertise membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program in the print media using the official logo. The apartment community will also be added to the list of certified properties which can be found on the Norman Police Department website. The full certification certificate expires every year, but the apartment community will retain certification if they hold a crime prevention social once per year.

Here is an expansion of what each phase involves:

Phase I - Management Training (8-Hours) Taught by Police

• Crime Prevention Theory

• CPTED Theory (Physical Security)

• Benefits of Resident Screening

• Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues

• Crime Free Lease Addendum

• Key Control and Master Key Use

• On-Going Security, Management Monitoring and Responding to Criminal Activity

• Gangs, Drug Activity, and Crime Prevention

• Legal Warnings, Notices & Evictions;

• Working Smarter With the Police; Fire and Life Safety Training

A resource manual is supplied with additional handouts.

Phase II - CPTED – Security Survey by Police

• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED)

• Minimum door, window, and lock standards compliance inspection

• Minimum exterior lighting standards evaluation

• Key Control procedures evaluation

• Landscape maintenance standards compliance

Phase III - Community Awareness Training

• Annual crime prevention social taught by property management and police

• Community awareness and continuous participation is needed and encouraged