Crime Free Multi Housing

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option



"Keep Illegal Activity Off Rental Property" 









What is the Crime Free Multi Housing program?

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a, state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states and Canada.  The City of El Cajon has offered the CFMH program since 1997 and currently has 150 certified apartment communities. 

The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

The anticipated benefits are reduced police calls for service, a more stable resident base, and reduced exposure to civil liability.  Fully certified properties have reported reductions in police calls for service up to 70% over previous years. The heart and soul of the program is in the correct implementation and use of the Crime Free Lease Addendum.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Benefits:

  • A stable, more satisfied tenant 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, landlords, and managers

Costs of Drug Activity In Rental Property

When drug criminals and other destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price. That price may include:

  • Decline in property values -- particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood
  • Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect; property damage from police raids
  • Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations. Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property -- or even property seizure. Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods
  • Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants. Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers
  • The loss of other valued tenants

Here is a brief outline of the program contents:

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

  • Crime Prevention for your community
  • CPTED Theory (Physical Security)
  • Benefits of Resident Screening
  • Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues
  • Crime Free Lease Addendum 
  • Communicating with the Communications Center
  • How to identify Gang and Narcotic Activity
  • Disaster Preparedness for Apartment Communities

Phase II - CPTED - Survey by the Police

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED)
  • Minimum door, window, and lock standards compliance inspection
  • Minimum exterior lighting standards evaluation
  • Landscape maintenance standards compliance

Phase III - Community Awareness Training

  • Annual crime prevention community meeting taught by law enforcement personnel
  • Discuss and stress the importance of working with management and law enforcement

Once fully certified, certificates are issued that permits the right to post the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program sign and advertise membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program in the print media using the official logo. This certificate expires every year unless renewed following compliance with Phases I & II.

Program Information

For further information, questions regarding the program or to register for the next training class, please contact Samantha Scheurn at 619-579-4227 or by email


Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

  • How can I get involved with the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program?