The International Crime
The International Crime Free
Association is comprised of mostly law enforcement officers and crime
prevention practitioners from all across the United States and Canada. The
primary goal of the Crime Free Programs is to keep illegal activity out of
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
was developed in 1992 by Timothy L. Zehring in Arizona. It was primarily
focused on multi-family apartment communities, but was equally successful
when applied to single-family rental homes.
Since 1992, there have been many
successful adaptations of the Crime Free Programs. They target illegal
activity in hotels, motels, manufactured housing communities, townhouse
and condominium communities, and self-storage locker facilities.
Each year the International Crime
Free Association sponsors an annual Crime Free Conference. If you would
like to learn more about the International Crime Free Programs, the annual
Crime Free Conference, or you would be interested in sponsoring Crime Free
Program training in your area, please
In Arizona, like other states, we have
"Drug Free School Zones." This is not to imply there ARE no
drugs in the school zone, but rather this is to warn that there are
SERIOUS consequences for anyone who gets arrested for drug-related crimes
in a school zone.
In Arizona, many corporations have a
"Drug Free Workplace" policy. This is not to guarantee there ARE
no drugs in the workplace, but rather to warn employees that there are
SERIOUS consequences for anyone who is caught using drugs at work,
bringing drugs to work, or for coming to work under the influence of drugs
The Crime Free Program does not imply there
IS no crime in a designated area, but rather this is to warn that there
are SERIOUS consequences for anyone affiliated with illegal activity on or
near the designated area. These consequences can include immediate
termination of rental agreements and the eviction of renters, their family
members, and guests. The "One Strike You're Out" policy has
since been applied to all Federal Section 8 (low-income) Housing
communities across the United States of America.
Signs posted on the property do NOT state
the area IS a Crime Free or Drug Free Zone, but rather the signs state that
the property has JOINED the Crime Free Program. The Crime Free Program
requires all renters and invitees to live a 'crime free lifestyle' while
on or near the designated area.
Renters must also sign a Crime Free
Addendum to their lease. The management takes a 'zero tolerance' stance
to criminal activity, and enforces the civil contract signed by the
renters. In some states, like Arizona, the Crime Free Policy has also
been codified into state law.
The program is not called a "Crime
Reduction Program," because we are not asking people to live a
'crime reduced lifestyle -- we require they live a 'crime free
We have not set up an "Anti-Crime
Environment Program" because that would imply to renters that there
is an expectation of safety in and around the environment that simply
cannot be guaranteed. Crime knows no address. It can occur anywhere.
By simply stating, "We Have Joined
The Crime Free Program" there are no guarantees made or implied
about the physical environment. There are no guarantees made that
criminal activity will not occur in a designated area.
The International Crime Free Programs
have spread to over 1500 cities all across the United States and
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