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Cutting Crime At San Diego County Apartment Complexes

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Aired 3/31/10

San Diego County officials say a public safety task force is helping to reduce crime on rental properties in the east county.

— San Diego County officials say a public safety task force is helping to reduce crime on rental properties in the east county.

San Diego County officials talk about success of East County Public Safety Task Force Tuesday in Spring Valley on March 30, 2010 (left to right:  Lakeside Assistant Fire Chief Greg Schreiner, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob).
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Above: San Diego County officials talk about success of East County Public Safety Task Force Tuesday in Spring Valley on March 30, 2010 (left to right: Lakeside Assistant Fire Chief Greg Schreiner, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob).

The East County Public Safety Task Force started in 2007 to reduce illegal activity and nuisance calls at rental properties.

Brandy Faulkner is the resident manager of what was once a nuisance property, a 160-unit apartment complex in Lakeside.

Faulkner said the task force helped eliminate chronic problems.

"I think it was really great that they were able to help us, we wouldn't have been able to do it without them honestly," said Faulkner. "Because we weren't aware of the calls, we weren't really aware of the types of calls, it's kind of one of those things, it's a big place and nobody's going to tell you when they call the Sheriff unless the Sheriff tells you, so that really helped out a lot."

She said out of 160 tenants, 29 problem tenants were evicted.

Faulkner said the tenants must now sign a lease in which they agree not to engage in criminal activity on or near the property.

She said if the lease agreement is broken, tenants get a three-day eviction notice.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore credits the task force for also reducing property crime.

"There's a significant drop in property crimes out here in east county and I think that's partially a result of some of the good work we're doing in this east county nuisance property task force," said Gore.

The task force uses a specialized training program to teach apartment owners and managers how to identify drug and gang activity and on ways to prevent crime in the multi-unit complexes.

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UpsetNeighbor | June 4, 2010 at 11:43 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

The above-mentioned apartment complex has a very long way to go with regard to cleaning up their act. Just an FYI...the "resident manager," does not live on the premises; she goes home every night, leaving the surrounding homeowners to deal with vandalism and loud noise on an almost nightly basis. With my bedroom windows facing their back parking lot, I have to put up with teens and young adults partying in their cars or in the parking lot; music playing so loud it shakes my walls and windows; urinating and puking outside my bedroom window in the middle of the night; fights; drug use; empty beer or liquor bottles thrown in my yard, at my house, in our driveway and street; and getting egged three times in the last week because I dared to call the sheriff.

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UpsetNeighbor | June 5, 2010 at 2:07 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

So much for this crime-free apartment complex...tonight multiple sheriff deputies spent several hours searching the complex and parking lot and questioning people while a helicopter flew overhead with a spot light. I'd give anything to have my peace and quiet back. Kudos to our sheriff deputies for a wonderful job!

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