Yakima Police’s Rental Housing Program See a Jump in Calls
Crime Free Rental Housing links police, landlords and tenants together and it has made a big dent in crime around many apartment complexes in Yakima. Yakima Police Officer Rich Fowler is the officer in charge of the program he says. Over the last two years some 1,500 properties registered to be part of the program. That jump led to a jump in calls to police for incidents ranging from noise violations to domestic violence. In 2011, more than 1,400 incidents occurred in Yakima's Crime Free Rental Housing. There were more than 4,000 last year. Fowler says the crime free program has allowed Yakima Police department to notify landlords quicker and work closer with the landlords to evict problem renters.