Another key strategy employed by SafeWays to reduce crime at our client communities is advocacy. SafeWays’ clients have taken the affirmative step of engaging our services, achieving (or working toward) certification, and executing a SafeWays Service Agreement. Yet sometimes outside forces can have a negative impact on a property’s residents.

Examples include: burnt-out streetlights; a nearby business with constant loitering, drug activity, and/or gang graffiti; a drug house or house of prostitution; a vacant, abandoned nearby property that attracts criminal activity; a high-crime property nearby whose landlord is not interested in working with the community to improve safety; or 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 client communities.