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Crime Free Multi-Housing

About Crime Free Multi-Housing

The Minnesota Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is designed as a partnership between law enforcement and rental property owners, managers, and tenants to keep drugs and illegal activity out of rental property.

When crime and drugs operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer and property owners pay a high price.  That price may include the loss of valued tenants, decline in property values, property damage, civil penalties, fear, frustration, resentment, and anger between neighbors, tenants, and property managers.

The program uses a unique three part approach to maintain crime prevention goals:

  1. Property Owner/Manager Training
  2. Physical Crime Prevention Survey of Premises 
  3. Annual Tenant Personal Safety Training and Crime Prevention

Benefits to Property Owners / Managers

  • Increased property values 
  • Increased demand for rental units 
  • A stable, more satisfied tenant base 
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs 
  • More appreciative neighbors, tenants and community 
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers
  • Peace of mind that comes from spending more time on routine management and less on crisis control
  • Personal Crime Free Multi-Housing certification for anyone who attends the training

Benefits to Tenants

  • A safe environment 
  • Fair, equal treatment of all tenants 
  • A sense of community in knowing their neighbors 
  • Management involved in tenant issues and concerns 
  • Knowledge of proven crime prevention techniques taught by local police

Benefits to Law Enforcement

  • Better relationships between law enforcement and property managers
  • Tenants that actively participate in keeping their community safe 
  • Improved quality of life for the community at large 
  • A community oriented policing approach to crime prevention 
  • Statewide collaboration between cities, police and sheriff departments 
  • Teaches property managers and residents how to work with police and neighbors to keep drugs and other illegal activity out of rental property

Upcoming Training

Upcoming Crime Free Multi-Housing training can be found on the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association Training and Events Calendar.

More Information

For more information, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 651-266-7339 or via email.


Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom