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Welcome to the City of South Milwaukee’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

The Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) is a program designed to make multi-family dwellings and single family rental homes safe and desirable places to live. The CFMH program provides a partnership between police, local property owners/managers, and residents to foster a safe, healthy, crime free community in rental housing. CFMH is pro-property manager, pro-resident, and anti-crime.

Property owners, managers, assistant managers, leasing agents, office staff, maintenance staff, and anyone who works with housing is encouraged to participate in the program.  crime free shield

The program uses a unique three-phase approach that ensures resident friendly techniques will be applied to achieve crime prevention goals. The three components that make up the program are:

  • Management Training (Phase I)

All three phases of the program must be met before the property can be certified in the CFMH program. The three phases need to be completed in order.

Benefits of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

Management Benefits:

  • A stable, more satisfied resident 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, managers, and owners.

  • More time for routine management and less time on crisis control.

  • More appreciative neighbors.

  • Peace of mind that comes from spending more time on routine management and less on crisis control.

Resident Benefits:

  • Safer, more secure environment.

  • Improved personal safety for renters and their families.

  • Confidence in knowing building meets minimum security requirement.

  • Involvement in the community.

  • Improved quality of life.

  • Healthier family environment.

Law Enforcement Benefits:

  • Tried and True Crime Prevention Methods.

  • Confirmed drop in calls for service.

  • Improved quality of life for the community at large.

  • Teaches property managers and residents how to work with police and neighbors to keep drugs and other illegal activity out of rental property.

  • A community oriented policing approach to Crime Prevention

Points to Consider – Costs of Drug/Criminal Activity in Rental Property:

When criminals involved in drugs and other illegal activities operate out of rental properties, communities suffer, neighborhoods suffer, and property owners/managers suffer due to:

    • Decline in property values – particularly when the illegal activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.

    • Property damage – arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect.

    • Fire or condemnation – resulting from illegal drug manufacturing or illegal growing operations.

    • Civil penalties – including temporary closure of the property or property seizure.

    • Fear and frustration – when dealing with dangerous and threatening residents or guests.

    • Resentment and anger – between individuals (residents, neighbors, and managers).

    • Loss of rent – during the eviction and repair periods.