List of crime-free apartment communities grows

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.

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.”

17 Responses to "List of crime-free apartment communities grows"

  1. Ray (the real one)   June 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Let’s see if they can receive the same award from ICE. Sheriff has low standards.

  2. Ray (the real one)   June 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Public relations nonsense. Makes good print on a slow news week. Buy a police scanner folks. Android Market has many for free. Amazing things happen in friendly Compton.

  3. What a Joke   June 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’d like to know what the exact qualifications are to be certified "crime free" because I live in one of the complexes in town that are certified crime free and I feel its a joke!

  4. At comment3   June 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I totally agree with comment. Gang activity is the only crime this program is concerned with. They could care less about the wifebeaters, child abusers, or felons – who aren’t in gangs. All the criminals who are just jerks by themselves, seem to get away with everything. There is no way to guarantee a crime free complex or house. That is a crock.

  5. Ray (the real one)   June 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

    none. Every community is doing this nonsense. It’s just public relations, nothing to write home about.

    This would not be necessary if apartment managers and owners did their jobs.

    It all comes down to the boo koo Buck.

  6. Preston   June 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

    A community either unites and works to decrease the amount of crime in their neighborhood or they don’t and like everything else in life, the better job they do the better the results. You can stand on the sidelines, whine, cry and criticize or pitch in and contribute.

  7. Pink   June 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

    @Comment #4: I do not live in an apartment but I agree with your statement. Gangs are in the spotlight so they are the target, and that is a good thing. Felons, however, have rights until they commit another felony, and wife beaters get off scot free unless the victims agree to testify, which unfortunately, many of them refuse to do. Child abusers get their kids taken away by CPS and then they are back on the streets within hours of the incidents. It is sickening, it is shameful, but that is how it is a society that has lost it’s moral compass.

  8. Preston   June 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Why do you think it is that way? Don’t we have a government that is run by the people? How did all these liberal laws get passed?

  9. Pink   June 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I’m not sure that this is a liberal/conservative issue Preston. Our country decided many years ago to turn their collective backs on God and worship money and power instead. We see the fruits of that lifestyle everyday. Corrupt politicians. CEO’s of major companies stealing their employees pension funds. Crooked police departments. Grandparents raising their grandchildren because their kids turned out to be addicts, criminals and just plain unfit parents. We have a whole generation of crack babies, babies with fetal alcohol syndrome, throwaway kids, latchkey kids and kids in foster care. Men who make babies with different women and walk away without a backward glance, people on welfare with no hope for the future because that is how they were raised. I could go on, but you get my drift. There are still good people out there, people who raise good families, teach their kids right from wrong and work hard. I find it particularly sad that kids and teachers are not allowed to pray in schools but kiddy porn on the internet is protected. We are imploding from the inside. God help us.

  10. What a joke   June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Well as I said before I live in one of this "crime free" apts. There are plenty of crimes that have gone on If I google the apts address I can see some that come right up so I know for a fact it is not 100% "crime free"

    In agreement with comment number4, the "crime free" I feel it may be a smoke screen for "no gang activity" as I feel that is true. I see none of that going on.

    I for one would like these apt managers to do better screening and do criminal background checks instead of nit picking about someones credit history, spend money on a background check instead.

  11. What a joke   June 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    @ Pink- He brings up politics and you go and bring religion into it. Both have nothing to do with this article!

  12. Sad   June 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

    So true Pink. So true.

  13. Pink   June 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    @What a joke: If you will read my comment #7 you will find that I was on topic with my opinion. Preston then asked a question, which had pretty much had nothing to do with the topic at hand, but to be polite I answered him with what I feel is the reason that we have so many, for want of a better word, low lives, living in so many of our apartment complexes. You combine felons who have served their time or are out on parole, wife beaters and child molesters (see my comment #9 as to the reason I believe there are so many of them) combine that with greedy landlords who only care about rent money and not your safety and you get a big mess and it will take a lot more than rhetoric on an opinion page to fix it. Good luck.

  14. Preston   June 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Had the voters instructed our Government to lock up criminals and keep them locked up they wouldn’t be living in the apartments now would they? The apathy of the people has everything to do with each and everyone of the problems you mention. We have failed to do our job and manage our government and because of that we are having to deal with the consequences. They can claim to have crime free apartments but until we vote to be tough on crime the problem will just move up and down the street.

  15. Pink   June 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t disagree with you Preston. I do believe that we have to be tough on crime. The problem is that even when we do pass tough laws and elect good people who are tough on criminals the liberals manage to get the laws overturned and launch vicious personal attacks on politicians who try to do the right thing. People with no morals are breeding like flies and raising their offspring to be just like them, we don’t have enough prisons to hold them all and our liberal crybaby justice system continually lets felons loose to pray on the rest of society. We opened the barn door to this kind of behavior a long time ago and never bothered to close it. America is reaping what it has sown.

  16. flustered   June 26, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Crime Free housing gives the oppertunity for the landlord to get rid of unruly tenants. You know we all have them, the ones the cops are always knocking at their door for something or another. The only thing is the landlords will not evict them although in the contract we sign gives them the right to. We all want better places to live and have our families but because of the amount of crime that occurs in general here it’s like trying to keep the Titanic from sinking with a tea spoon

  17. Lucinda   August 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Pink-Everyone definitely needs God and I agree!!! :)


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