Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Last night the Sheriff’s Department certified its first ‘crime free’ multi-unit housing development in Valley Center. Vicki and Jay Smith, managers of Hide Away Lake Mobile Home Estates, were presented with certification at a Neighborhood Watch meeting.
In order to earn the designation, the property managers had to attend eight hours of training from the Sheriff’s Department on security enhancement, and make several changes to the community. They added lighting, security cameras and mirrors, and trimmed trees and shrubbery as part of the process, which included a post-modification inspection visit from deputies.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing program is a partnership between rental property owners and the Sheriff’s Department that started in Arizona in 1992 and expanded to San Diego County with its implementation in Santee in 1998. 65 properties are currently certified under the program.