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In 2013 the Village Board approved the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program as part of recommended updates to the existing “Rental Residential Housing Code” ordinance. Prior to obtaining a rental license in the Village, owners of rental property must attend an educational training seminar (see below) and use a Crime Free Lease Addendum, which shall give the landlords the authority to initiate an eviction proceeding as specified in the Illinois Compiled Statutes Forcible Entry and Detainer statutes.

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The Program was designed to be law enforcement-driven, and had been used effectively in over seventeen hundred communities across the United States and in Canada.

The overall goal of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is to build a cooperative effort between property owners/management, tenants and the police department in keeping illegal and nuisance activity out of rental property. The program takes a pro-active approach to crime prevention, rather than a reactive approach. Although crime will not be entirely eliminated, Crime Free Multi-Housing participants quickly make it known that their rental community will not tolerate criminal behavior on the part of its residents, their guests or others as they seek to create a crime free environment as possible.

In communities where adopted, the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program achieved almost instant success wherever it was introduced. In rental properties with the highest crime rates, the immediate results showed up to a 90% reduction in police calls for service. Even in the best properties, reductions of 15-20% were not uncommon. The Hanover Park Police Department is hoping for similar results.

For additional information, contact Gary Fuchs, the Hanover Park Police Department Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator, by telephone at 630-823-5568 or by e-mail at

Crime Free Housing Links:

Village Ordinance

Crime Free Lease Addendum

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Training Classes

All rental property owners or their agents MUST:

  • Attend an approximate 8-hour educational training class BEFORE a rental license will be issued.
    • The class will address topics such as:
      • Active Property Management
      • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) Concepts
      • Application Process
      • Background and Credit Checks
      • Combating Crime Problems
      • C.P.T.E.D. Concepts
      • Crime Free Lease Addendum
      • Dealing with Non-Compliance.
      • Understanding Crime Prevention
  • All training will be conducted in the Community Room at the Hanover Park Police Headquarters, 2011 Lake Street.



The following dates & sessions are currently available to attend an initial Crime Free Multi-Housing Training Class:
  • Session 1:
    • December 19, 2017 and December 27, 2017 from 6 PM to 10 PM
    • (Note: You must attend both days to complete the class.)
  • Session 2:
    • December 23, 2017 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

The following dates & sessions are available for owners or their agents for recertification classes:
  • December 7, 2017:
    • Session 1:  1 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Session 2:  2 PM to 2:45 PM
  • December 11, 2017
    • Session 1:  6 PM to 6:45 PM
    • Session 2:  7 PM to 7:45 PM
  • Decemer 14
    • Session 1:  1 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Session 2:  6 PM to 6:45 PM
    • Session 3:  7 PM to 7:45 PM

Please register the person (or persons) who will be attending the class using the registration form. Each person attending the class needs to register; however, only ONE registration form is needed PER PERSON even if multiple properties are owned.

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