is the Process for Responding to Reports?
The Delaware Department of Justice ("DOJ") receives word via
email, telephone call, etc. of a potential nuisance property.
Information regarding the potential nuisance property is scanned into
DOJ's database for monitoring. This places the property on DOJ's
Rental Property Owners:
If the potential nuisance property is a rental property, DOJ reaches
out to the listed rental property owner and invites either that
individual or a rental company representative to attend one of the
quarterly training sessions provided, entitled the Delaware Crime Free
Multi-Housing Program Training. If that property owner is a past
participant of the training, DOJ requests an immediate meeting with
the rental property owner to discuss next steps in accordance with the
content of the completed training.
DOJ looks to police reports and communicates with community officers
to track the history of police activity on the property.
If the activity occurring on the property qualifies it as actionable
under the Delaware Criminal Nuisance Abatement Act (10 Del. C.
7101-7134) and, in the judgment of the Deputy Attorney General, is
otherwise a good fit to be addressed using this statute, DOJ will
issue a certified letter to the property owner to begin legal action.
Prosecution: The Crime Free Multi-Housing Training Program
on this Program for Rental Property Owners and Concerned Citizens
Delaware Department of Justice's Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is
based upon an innovative crime prevention model developed out West in
1992 and now used in nearly 44 states (http://www.crime-free-association.org/multi-housing.htm).
This program focuses on addressing the rental property policies and
procedures that may allow the criminal element to slip through the
cracks, moving destructively from one property and neighborhood to the
next, wreaking havoc and destroying neighborhood's quality of life.
This program educates rental property owners about how to protect
themselves from securing undesirable tenants and how to quickly evict
and/or otherwise address tenants who become problems after the lease
has already been signed.
Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Trainings
(Please note that these dates may be subject to change; please RSVP so
that you can be notified of any of alterations to time, date, or
note that the Department attempts to vary the date and time of the
available trainings to meet most schedules. Currently, all
trainings are scheduled to be held at the Carvel State Office
Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
for Next Training firstname.lastname@example.org
from Past Participants
informative and spoken for the layman."
informative and educational."
tool to prevent crime."
interesting and helpful."
good information on what you need to come to court [and evict a
what I needed!"