Landlords and crime prevention safe apartment buildings
By Mark Kenny on 12/09/2013 in
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There seems to be a common stereotype that most people have in mind when the topic of landlords is brought up.
People often envision a shady or murky character banging on the door every 1st of the month demanding rent. Someone who is cruel, cares nothing about the tenant, and only about collecting rent owed.
This 19th and 20th century perception couldn't be further from the truth in today's society.
Landlords do care about their tenants, and there are multitudes of ways landlords go about demonstrating this.
One such way landlords in British Columbia demonstrate they care is through a program called the "Crime Free Multi-Housing Program", CFMHP for short. No landlord can prevent a crime in their building a hundred percent of the time, however by joining the CFMHP landlords take a proactive stance to show they care about safety around their buildings.
The program is a direct, honest, and solution-oriented crime prevention initiative designed specifically to help apartment owners, managers, residents, police, and other agencies work together to keep illegal and nuisance activity off rental property.
In order for a property to be accredited into the CFMHP there is a three step approach.
1.Landlords must first attend seminars provided by Police and the BC Crime Prevention Association on topics such as:
o Crime Prevention Concepts
o Preparing and Maintaining the Property
o Applicant Screening
o Working Together with Police
o Residential Tenancy Act
o Combating Illegal Activities
2. After attending the seminars landlords must have the properties undergo an inspection by police representatives from a local detachment or department. Properties are scrutinized and recommendations are made to their security.
3. After certain standards are achieved, the third phase commences. Landlords host an annual Safety Social for their residents to involve them in preventing crime on the property and get involved in the community.
A representative from the police department will be in attendance to explain the program and offer crime prevention tips.
Following the completion of all three phases the management will earn the privilege to post signs stating they have joined the CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM and may use the CFMHP logo for marketing purposes.
CAPREIT is one such company that proudly partakes in the CFMHP program, and while not all the properties are associated, we're constantly working to improve and include all of our buildings.
Currently our buildings that are accredited into the program are:
• Princeton Place (1021 Howay St, New Westminster, BC)
• Sherbrooke Manor (329 Sherbrooke St, New Westminster, BC)
• Tantus Towers (810 St Andrews St, New Westminster, BC)
• Tara Place (1039 View street, Victoria, BC)
• Gorge Apartments (215, 217, 219, 221 Gorge rd & 243 Gorge rd, Victoria, BC)
• Gorge Towers (200 Gorge rd, Victoria, BC)
• Niagara Court (535 Niagara St, Victoria, BC)
• Sansar Apartments (1140 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC)
• Kamel Point Village (70, 72, 74, 76 Dallas rd, Victoria, BC)
• Sentinel Apartments (625 Constance Ave, Victoria, BC)
• Mayfair Manor (827 Selkirk Ave, Victoria, BC)