Operation: Safe Community (OSC) is a crime-reduction initiative of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and Memphis Fast Forward. The current five-year plan (2012-2016) includes five goals and 26 strategies. Goal #3 states, "Reduce blight, problem properties and crimes in apartment complexes." An action plan calls for expanding agrements with apartment complex owners, including a certification process. That is the responsibility of Safeways. www.memphiscrime.org
The Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse (NOVA) is a Shelby County system of care initiated last year in Memphis neighborhoods in the Raleigh-Frayser and Hickory Hill areas. NOVA connects children exposed to violence and abuse - and their families - to counseling and other support services. www.shelbycountynova.net
Mayor A C Wharton's Memphis Gun Down plan came about because Memphis is faced with a gun violence rate exceeding the national average. The plan calls on the entire community to take aim at the issue and help make neighborhoods safer. www.memphisgundown.org
The Plough Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations located or headquartered in Shelby County, Tennessee. Plough grants support Safeways, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and many other worthy organizations. The Foundation was established in 1960.
Just as Safeways Certified Communities are held accountable for satisfying program requirements, our certification program is continually reviewed to ensure that our client communities are benefitting from cutting-edge best practices, and that our interventions are delivering results. To join the discussion of multifamily property safety and how it impacts our community, follow Safeways on Twitter @safewaysmemphis
Some of Memphis' largest apartment management companies are currently participating in the Safeways Certification Program. These include Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC, ALCO Management, Inc., and LEDIC Management Group.
The fifteen fully-certified Safeways communities have shown significant and sustained reductions in crime. An additional four properties – including some of the most challenging properties in Shelby County – are working towards earning Safeways certification and are already seeing results. The Safeways Certification Program is poised for substantial expansion through the end of 2015 and into 2016.