Apartment Complex Mandatory Crime Reduction Program
Recognizing that habitable and secure housing is essential to preserving the health, safety, welfare and quality of life for Farmers Branch residents, the city has enacted Ordinance #3038. The ordinance is designed to address substandard living conditions and criminal activities, factors that adversely affect the aforementioned qualities, of the city’s registered apartment complexes.
Article VII of the ordinance establishes a Mandatory Crime Reduction Program (MCRP). This program will be administered by the Farmers Branch Police Department and will apply to those apartment complexes that have surpassed a specific statistical crime-risk threshold. The crime-risk threshold will be calculated by the police department every six months.
Once entered in the MCRP, apartment complex owner/management is required to:
- add a Crime Free Lease Agreement addendum for all tenants,
- run criminal history check on all tenants,
- conduct a credit check on all tenants,
- host quarterly crime watch meetings for the tenants,
- meet other crime reduction requirements designed to address the complex’s specific crime problems, as specified by Crime Prevention Officers.
Apartment complexes that are in the MCRP will be inspected by the Farmers Branch Police Department for two reasons. The first will be for a general security survey. The survey will identify deficiencies in the apartment complexes environment (lighting, fencing, etc.) that are conducive to criminal activity. Our Crime Prevention Officers will design a specific crime reduction plan for the complex. The second inspection will be to ensure the apartment complexes are in compliance with the requirements of the MCRP.
The Farmers Branch Police Department and specifically Sgt. Erik Stokes and Officer Sue Sharp will strive to work with apartment complex management to reduce criminal activity on their property for the immediate reduction of their crime-risk threshold, but also, will work for long term solutions that will consistently provide the health, safety, welfare and quality of life all the citizens of the city deserve.
For additional information regarding the Apartment Complex Mandatory Crime Reduction Program please call Sgt. Erik Stokes at 972-919-9352 or email at [at]