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Crime/Courts

April 29, 2013

New Crime Free program changing atmosphere of city apt. complexes

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“Most people here are scared of the police,” she said, “but it’s done wonders. It’s a pretty calm property now.”

She said because Vicksburg Village is a Section 8 property, it was relatively easy to include the Crime Free lease addendum in their leases.

“We started immediately. We go month-to-month after the first 12 months (lease). So we went ahead and added it,” Richmond said. “It was fairly easy to transition into it.”

Margie Harshaw, of Destination Management, manages more than 300 units in Norman, including Warehouse Flats, Tuscan Village (formerly Sunrise Ridge), Dutch Hollow, West Oaks and Chateau Normandy.

Harshaw said they intend for all of their apartments to become Crime Free Norman-certified.

“It’s been a lifesaver,” she said. Her investors, including her son, Sean Harshaw, have justified investing in the rehabilitation of several aging Norman apartment complexes partially with use of Crime Free techniques and the lease addendum.

Easley said when the year trial period is up, the program could be continued on a voluntary basis, it could be discontinued or the city could write an ordinance to make it citywide.

For more information about Crime Free Norman, contact the Norman Police Department.

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