The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

September 26, 2013

Norman apartment complex to host safety social Friday

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NORMAN —

Phase 3 is the safety social where residents come together to learn about the program. This phase focuses on community awareness and celebrates the apartment complex becoming fully certified with the right to post the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program sign.

The complex must then stay compliant with Phases 1 and 2, or the certificate will expire.

Thirteen other apartment complexes in Norman are trying to become fully certified Crime Free properties. Whether that may expand to condominiums or other properties is still in question.

“We’re hoping more programs come out like this in the city, but right now, the focus is on apartments,” Wilson said.

The only other city in the state that Wilson believes participates in the program is Midwest City. The parent program has reached communities internationally, including those in Canada, Mexico, England, Japan, Russia and more.

Some other cities also have made the program’s requirements part of the city’s ordinance, but with Norman still in the trial phase, Wilson said that’s not something they’re looking at right now. The program is designed to be a voluntary program.

As Chief Keith Humphrey has said before, they want to “make Norman the safest city in America,” Wilson said, adding that the program is one more step to help them do that.

In addition to the safety social, the Norman Police Department also will host “National Night Out” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for the public. It encourages residents to get out of their houses and get to know their neighbors and local police officers.

Those interested in participating in National Night Out or interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch group can call Sgt. Jennifer Newell at 366-5267 or

email jennifer.newell@

normanok.gov.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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