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Crime-free housing program ready to grow

Posted: Saturday, May 25th, 2013

HURON A crime-free housing program offered by the Huron Police Department since 1997 is available to more apartment complexes through an application process.

Police are looking to add more complexes to the nine that are already enrolled in the program, said public information officer Cory Borg.

The program is designed to help rental property managers with the assistance of their tenants in dealing with potential and current renters who may be involved in criminal activities within the rental property.

By using the Crime Free Lease addendum and following standards, managers are able to prevent potential criminal behavior from moving onto the property. It creates a safer living environment for residents to call home.

Even though no program can guarantee that there will never be any criminal activity on the property, the crime-free housing program has shown that it can help keep properties safer for tenants.

Borg said there are five criteria to meet the qualifications for crime-free housing, as well as 72 areas that are inspected prior to entering the program.

The five criteria are:

Adequate lighting on walkways and paths.

Dead bolts that are at least a one-inch throw bolt.

Eye viewers that provide a 180-degree view.

Strike plates on doors that have three-inch screws.

Sliding doors that have locks and pins.

There are three phases of the program.

The first is management training provided by the Sioux Falls Police Department. Second is a security survey where officers survey the buildings to be certified. Third is resident involvement in the program.

For more information or to apply, contact Capt. Paul Sides or Officer Sarah Bowen at the police department at 353-8550.

For the complete article see the 05-24-2013 issue.

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