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Statesboro police hope to reduce crime in apartment complexes
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Apartment complex managers interested in reducing crime and making their neighborhood safer might be interested in a training workshop offered by Statesboro police.

The Statesboro Police Department will hold the first apartment management "Crime Free Housing" training session June 12. Hosted by Ogeechee Technical College, the course will be held in the Health Science Building on OTC's campus.

Crime Free Housing, an international crime prevention program, originated in 1992 in Mesa, Arizona.

"The goal of Crime Free Housing is to improve the quality of life for residents and reduce police calls for service by setting strict applicant screening standards, basic crime prevention property improvements, resident awareness and strong discouragement of criminal activity by tenants or their guests," Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said Wednesday in a news release.

The managers' training class runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will cover all aspects of the Crime Free Housing program as well as "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design" and general apartment community crime reduction.

"The class is for apartment community managers and owners," Turner said.

Georgia Southern University is an active participant and supporter of Crime Free Housing.

"With the growth of the university and the city, GSU and Statesboro are working together to reduce crime incidents on and off campus," Turner said. "During student orientation, students and parents will be educated about the program and given resources to locate apartment communities that participate in the program."

To sign up for the class, send an email with your name, the apartment community with whom you are affiliated, and your contact information to Statesboro police Cpl. Justin Samples at justin.samples@statesboroga.gov.

There is no fee to attend the class or to participate in the Crime Free Housing program, Turner said.

 

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