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List of crime-free apartment communities grows


Last updated 6/20/2013 at Noon

Autumn Haze Apartments, 745 Alturas Lane, achieves certified Crime Free Multi Housing status and is presented with official recognition by Sheriff

Keeping an apartment community crime-free is something that is done deliberately by a property owner and/or manager whose priority is to provide a safe residential living option for local individuals and families. And the good news is that the number of those properties in Fallbrook is growing.

“We are pleased to report we now have 18 certified Crime Free Multi Housing communities in Fallbrook,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Todd Richardson. “The program has been a great success in our area and the apartments who have enrolled in it have reduced their vacancies and improved the quality of life for their tenants, their neighbors and our community at large.”

While these properties are well-managed and dedicated to being crime-free, others are rife with problematic tenants and less-than-desirable activities taking place on the premises. It is in those communities, law enforcement authorities said, where criminal activity is allowed to prosper.

“We are working diligently with property owners and managers to increase the number of crime-free apartment communities,” said Richardson. “We congratulate each of the apartment complexes and their staff that have joined the program.”

The latest additions to the crime-free list are Autumn Haze Apartments at 745 Alturas Lane and De Luz Senior Apartments at 420 N. Pico Ave. Two properties that were already on the crime-free list earned their recertification recently as well – Cortez Apartments, 1132 S. Vine St. and Eucalyptus Village Apartments at 501 Ammunition Rd.

De Luz Senior Apartments, 420 N. Pico Street, earns its Crime Free Multi Housing status; pictured from left are eight residents of the community, manager Shaylyn Torres and Sheriff

The 18 properties represent almost 32 percent of the total apartment communities in the Fallbrook jurisdiction.

“We have approximately 57 multi-housing communities,” said John McLelland, Sheriff’s Dept. crime prevention specialist, who oversees the local program.

Richardson said he is pleased and encouraged that community groups are supportive of the Sheriff’s Dept. in this endeavor.

“The following Fallbrook community groups strongly support this worthwhile program and encourage more complexes to join in: Fallbrook Village Association, Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Fallbrook Revitalization Committee, and Fallbrook Beautification Alliance.”


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