Scottsdale is the first East Valley city to send daily e-mails to its apartment buildings in an effort to deter crime at the complexes.
Authorities implemented a new e-mail system last week that automatically notifies apartment property managers or owners of crimes reported in their properties.
“What we’re trying to do is give them as much ammunition as possible to deter the criminal element from their properties,” said Mark Ruffennach, Scottsdale Police crime prevention officer.
Scottsdale is the third Arizona city to implement this type of system, following Phoenix and Glendale.
Called Scottsdale’s E-Mail Notification System, it will make it easier for property managers to identify lawbreakers in their communities and evict them, Ruffennach said.
“It really puts people on notice, saying, ‘Yes, you can live here, but you’ve got to follow our rules,’” he said. “And those are rules that anyone would want to live in a safe environment.”
Pam Godsil, manager of the Scottsdale Meadows Apartments, 10888 N. 70th St., said she signed up for e-mails when she joined the city’s Crime-Free Multi-Housing program.
It’s about “being informed,” Godsil said. “I can have back-up information whenever I have a situation on the property.”
This week, her e-mails included one illegally parked car and one disturbance situation, Godsil said.
Property managers and companies who sign up for the voluntary service receive information about calls to their properties, including the date, time, reason for the call and names of the officers who responded.
About 35 property managers are already receiving notifications.
Though the program only e-mails property managers and owners, others can retrieve crime information about apartment buildings through the Scottsdale Police crime analysis unit or one of the three crime prevention officers, according to officer Kory Sneed.
The program is currently only available to apartment managers, however, Ruffennach, said he would like to eventually expand it to include condominium managers or the landlords of single-family rental homes.
This system is not designed for use by single-family homeowners, because “it’s not neighborhood-based,” said Sgt, Mark Clark, Scottsdale Police spokesman.
The system would only be able to notify homeowners about dispatches to their own homes, not to the surrounding residential area, he said.
The e-mails won’t cost the department anymore money because the program runs on the department’s own existing computer systems, Clark said.