Police Department

Crime Free Multi-Housing

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program was designed to help tenants, owners, and the managers of rental property keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property. This program is free, honest and direct. It is solution oriented. It is designed to be easy, yet very effective in reducing the incident of crime in rental property. The program utilized a unique three-part approach which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining an approach which is very tenant-friendly. Phase One involves an eight hour seminar presented by the Police. Phase Two will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the tenants' safety. In Phase Three, a tenant crime prevention meeting will be conducted for full certification, and the managers will be granted the use of large metal signs for display on the property. The management will also be granted the use of program logo in all advertisements. Call Officer Gary Starks at (816) 325-7875 for a complete listing of future training dates.

Landlords are encouraged to require a criminal background check as well as a credit check before renting and before lease renewal. Perspective tenants who have lived in Independence in the past can go to the Police station and obtain a printout on themselves for a nominal fee. If they are from outside Independence, the following services can be contracted for a nominal fee:

  • 1-800-RENT-GROW will give credit checks and per county searches for criminal activity for apartment complexes only.
  • Credit Information Corporation
    3550 McKelvey Road, Suite 210
    Bridgeton, MO 63044, Phone: (314) 344-0084.
  • Corporate and Private Screening
    PO Box 520147
    Independence, Mo. 64052, Phone (816) 373-7761.


For addition information check out the Heart of America Crime Prevention Association website.