Another key strategy employed by Safeways to reduce crime at our client communities is advocacy. Our clients have taken the affirmative step of engaging our services, achieving (or working toward) certification, and executing a Memorandum of Agreement, and are required to do everything they reasonably can to reduce crime on their properties, but sometimes outside forces which the landlord cannot control can have an impact on a property’s residents.
Examples of these types of problems include: the convenience store across the street with constant loitering, drug activity, and/or gang graffiti; the drug house, house of prostitution, or drug dealer down the street; the vacant, abandoned property on the next block that attracts criminal activity; the high-crime property nearby whose landlord is not interested in working with the community to improve safety; or the five-foot weeds covering the sidewalks tenants must use to move around the neighborhood.
All of these issues are matters that Safeways staff will address with appropriate individuals and/or officials on behalf of our certified communities. Additionally, Safeways participates in Memphis Police Apartment Manager Meetings, facilitates the formation of Neighborhood Watch groups at Safeways Communities, and participates in several working groups with local officials, other nonprofits, and community leaders which are working on issues concerning blight and crime in Memphis and Shelby County.