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Tucson's crime-free housing program kicks criminals out

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 00:26:39-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Feeling safe in your own home and community is something that's not always guaranteed. And that feeling could get worse if a crime in committed.

But with a strict policy in place, one that strives to keep crime away, comes a sense of security.

Rancho Del Mar apartments on Tucson's south side doesn't tolerate any sort of crime. The complex is part of the Tucson Police Department's Crime-Free Housing program.

If someone who lives there commits a crime, Rancho Del Mar is able to implement a 24-hour eviction notice.

"We've had a couple incidents but hopefully it's not something that we have to use," Maria Encinas, the property manager said. "But if we do, it's something that would be to our benefit.

Encinas says the feedback since the complex became crime-free certified has been very positive.

"The residents love it," Encinas said. "They really like it, because they know it's not going to be tolerated."

Once a complex becomes certified, the people who live there can remain anonymous when reporting a crime, according to Tucson Police.

And when staff receive a police report number, they're able to move forward with the speedy eviction process.

Encinas says the crime-free housing program has improved the quality of life for the residents, while keeping crime out.

"We want them to feel like this is their home," Encinas said.

Here's more information about TPD's Crime-Free housing program.