As the Crime Prevention Unit was creating Neighborhood Watch groups, they found that people living in rental properties weren't involved in these groups.
We searched for a program that addressed these needs. We found that program in Mesa, Arizona; it is known as Crime Free Multi-Housing. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is an international program which began in 1992 and has been implemented in 38 states, 3 Canadian provinces and over 700 cities. In 1994, the City of Rochester became the first agency in the State of Minnesota to implement this program. Today, the program continues to grow and improve in our community.
Crime Free Multi-Housing is geared primarily toward educating complex owners and managers. This program is supported by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. When a new resident contacts the Chamber of Commerce, they will recommend apartment complexes that have participated in this program.