Dozens of Rockford landlords are working to keep crime off their rental properties.
On September 26, more than 80 landlords registered for the Rockford Police Department's initiative to have crime free multi-housing.
This complimentary seminar was designed to educate rental property owners on the early detection of criminal and drug activities, landlord rights, code violation procedures, nuisance abatement laws and the eviction process.
Chris Hawkins, a landlord who came to the event, states "We had a beautiful home of ours turn into a drug house. That struck a cord with me and my wife, we didn't like that our home caused trouble with the neighborhood and we just want to prevent that from happening again."
Rockford Police hope that seminars like this one help to reduce any negative stigmas landlords have about police and allow landlords to become an asset in stopping crime in rental properties.
The free seminar held Saturday is the first of three courses for landlords. Once participating property owners complete all three classes, they'll be given Crime-Free Multi-Housing certification.