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Apartment owners get new weapon to fight crime in their complexes

Wichita Falls_Commit a crime. Move out. That's what some apartment complexes in Wichita Falls are telling their tenants.  It's all part of a crime-free, multi-housing program put on by the city. Under a new ordinance, all apartment managers, or owners, have to complete a training program put on by the police department. It teaches them crime prevention techniques and how to implement a crime-free lease.

"It more or less is in line with the Section 8 'one strike and you're out' policy," said Sergeant Joe Snyder of the Wichita Falls Police Department.  "If you're going to bring crime into our apartment communities, you're only going to do it once and you're out." Several apartment managers tell 7NEWS they do plan on implementing the new lease addendum.

Some statistics show that complexes that go crime-free have a 75% to 90% drop in the number of police related calls to the properties.

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