[vc_row][vc_column][trx_title style=”underline”]Objective A4: Safeways[/trx_title][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1571871988885-d5141fd4-dd8c”][vc_column_text]Through August of 2016, apartments accounted for 19% of reported crime in Shelby County for the calendar year. Apartments accounted for 15% of non-DV violent crime, 12% of property crime, and 25% of domestic violence offenses.; * Reducing the number of crimes committed in apartment communities will not only improve the safety and quality of life for apartment residents, but will free up limited law enforcement resources to engage in proactive policing throughout the county.

Safeways is a Memphis-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps Shelby County apartment owners and managers of apartment communities reduce crime and improve the quality of life for their residents. Working with owners, managers and residents, the Memphis Police Department, and other governmental, nonprofit, and community organizations, Safeways achieves its objectives

  • Improving the amount and quality of information about crime and calls for police available to property management and security personnel,
  • Increasing communication and engagement between residents, management, security, and law enforcement,
  • Strict enforcement of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Anti-Trespass Program on Safeways client sites,
  • Educating property management and staff on place management best practices that reduce crime,
  • Providing connectivity to social and other service providers (such as the Family Safety Center) for apartment residents in need,
  • Remediating physical conditions on and around apartment communities which foster and facilitate criminal activity.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 2″ tab_id=”1571871988886-713c73e7-b682″][vc_column_text]The primary tool utilized by Safeways to address risk conditions on a property is “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design” (CPTED). CPTED’s foundational principle is that the physical environment influences human behavior. Strategic changes to the physical environment to increase visibility, reduce isolation, control boundaries, and project “territoriality” help prevent or reduce crime by eliminating or limiting opportunities for criminal acts to be committed. CPTED has long been recognized as an effective problem-oriented policing strategy, and it remains a hot topic in the sustainable development and “new urbanism” movements.24 Multiple studies have shown that CPTED strategies reduce burglaries, as well. A 2012 study also found that CPTED is one of the most effective mechanisms to reduce fear of crime among citizens.25 Reduced fear of crime leads to enhanced quality of life.

Safeways clients may choose from a variety of available consulting and information services, such as one-time or short-term inspection, statistical reporting, or consultation. However, Safeways’ most popular service – proven to reduce crime – is the Safeways Certification Program. Certified properties and applicants receive regular detailed reports and in-depth analysis of all criminal activity on site, along with tracking of trespassers, assistance with neighborhood watch, and regular
site visits and inspections, in addition to other services. Each property is subjected to an extensive exterior physical inspection – focused on crime prevention – along with a detailed lighting survey and review of security measures already in place. Place management policies and procedures are also reviewed, and a list of certification requirements and professional recommendations is generated. Once all certification requirements are met, a Safeways sign is installed on site, and the property may advertise its status as a “Safeways-certified Community.” Certification standards must be maintained continuously, and re-inspection and re-certification occurs annually. While a property is certified or in process, the client receives the full range of Safeways services

Key Objective Outcomes:

  1. Expand Safeways inspection/consultation services to at least 50 % of 100+ unit properties by 2021.
  2. Expand from the current 8% to at least 30% of 100+ unit properties participating in theSafeways certification program by 2021.
  3. Reduce the level of reported crime in participating properties by at least 25% (compared to the level of reported crime prior to their enrollment) by 2021.

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