Indio Apt. Building Joins Crime-Free Program
An apartment building in Indio is joining a program that will help them to lessen crime in their area and they're celebrating with a new look.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIO - An apartment building in Indio is joining a program that will help them to lessen crime in their area and they're celebrating with a new look. Encanto Apartments in Indio had a ribbon cutting ceremony and party to welcome in their new look and new crime-free philosophy and it must be working because tenants say they have never felt more safe. "I could leave my bike outside and not have to worry about it. You can have it out there, unlocked. I'm serious, that's how safe it is,” says tenant Robert Isquierdo. The property manager and property owners work side by side with law enforcement to carry out the “Indio crime-free multi- housing Program.” "The property manager moves in tenants that obey the house rules, tenants that understand not to get involved in criminal activity. A partnership of them being the eyes and ears of the complex,” says spokesperson for the Indio Police Department Ben Guitron.
Though, the complex wasn’t always so crime free. "We've seen a lot of what occurred in the 70's and 80's, it’s been diminished,” says Guitron. "Initially when we bought the property, it was a fortress so basically you came up, there was no pathway to the leasing office. There was a ten foot barricade with spikes. You had to be buzzed in. So we tore that out and wanted to create something much more inviting, something that wasn't threatening,” says property owner Bill Lindborg. Lindborg works for Capital Foresight.
In addition the outside aesthetics, the interiors of the apartments were also revamped. "All of the units have been completely redone; new units, energy efficient appliances, new windows, all new heating and air conditioning systems. We went to a zero waterscape, re-painted trees in the community and installed a monitoring system. You can live here in cool temperature all year long because everything is economical to run,” says Lindborg. But they're not relying solely on the complexes new and improved beauty. "We make sure we don't lose sight of how important it is to engage the community and engage the other multi-family owners in this neighborhood and in the city to weed out crime and criminality throughout the city,” says Lindborg. Something the tenants are thankful for. "It's family driven people; people that want more of a safe environment for themselves and their peers, so it's just a major difference,” says Isquierdo.