Improving Safety While Caring for the Community.

The crimes we are experiencing in our community is the result of the Opioid Crisis in our country. Fentanyl pills are being distributed, sold, smoked throughout the city. We see huddled groups with blankets over their heads inhaling the Fentanyl pills. We watch hurting humans stumble on our streets as they try to function while intoxicated. We experience petty thefts/shoplifting to support out of control addiction. We hear about guns being used during fights between desperate people. Fentanyl is a deadly poison that is all too available.

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Collaborative Safety Programs

We believe that knowing your neighbor and building community trust are both key to keeping our neighborhoods safe for everyone. In partnership with Councilwoman Betty GuardadoDesert Horizon Police PrecinctCity of Phoenix Neighborhood ServicesTownwest RealityTrillium DevelopmentWest Coast CapitalMint DispensaryBlue Cross and Blue Shield of AZCommunity Medical Services, and Community Bridges, we piloted our first Collaborative Safety Program in the 27th Ave. and Northern Ave. region with resounding success. 

Businesses and landowners share the cost of a security firm to patrol the area to enforce no trespassing.

The program works by...

  • businesses securing their individual properties

  • business owners meeting together to discuss resources/partnerships

  • security patrol every day, 10 hours each day operated by Omega Services

  • outreach/resources are available to individuals in crisis

Participating businesses contribute to the cost of patrol based on size of business: 

Large Properties:

$12,500/yr or $1,500/mo

(less than 7% of the overall cost - only $2.66/hr)

Medium Properties:

$6,000/yr or $500/mo

(less than 3.5% of the overall cost - only $1.33/hr)

Small Properties:

$3,000/yr or $250/mo

That’s less than 2% of the overall cost

And only $.75/hr for security service 7 days a week, 10 hours each day

To register for the 2022-23 Northern Avenue pilot program:

☐ download the permission to patrol form and email to info@19north.org
☐ make your donation for the calendar year July 2022 – July 2023 here

Neighbor Resources

Safe communities are safe for everyone. When people experiencing homelessness, active addiction issues, or unstable living situations don't receive support, issues can escalate. Every partner in our work has information on available resources to share with people who need them.

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Creating clean, welcoming spaces encourages community activation and prevents illegal activity on those premises. We utilize principles of CPTED to functionally discourage harmful behavior as a first line of deterrence. 

Deterring damaging behavior on your property and showing kindness to those in need.

As business owners, you are leaders in our community. You deserve safety, security, and to be empowered in creating a welcoming environment for your customers and clients. You can also be a friend to someone who needs it. People who engage in unlawful behavior are often without family or community support and suffering from mental illness. These steps will help keep our community safe while extending empathy to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Remove graffiti and pick up trash as soon as possible. To report graffiti in the area, email graffiti.busters.nsd@phoenix.gov.

Keep your restrooms locked and reserved for customers only. Direct folks to the nearest public restroom.

Eliminate exterior (or interior) outlets. These can not only attract unwanted use, but present a danger to children. 

Lock your dumpsters, gates, doors to keep your property secure.

Add bright lights throughout the exterior, and check that lights are all working. 

Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed up. You can post signs with directions to cooling centers provided by the city.

Make repairs to your property as needed. 

Join our cost share on-site security group. Having constant and visible presence deters unlawful activity and may encourage folks to ask for resources before engaging with law enforcement.

Add visible cameras throughout your property.

Post No Trespassing signs throughout the property and enforce throughout the day.

Please make your financial donations to organization like PRM, who can provide the necessary resources/support to get people off the street and into safety. https://phoenixrescuemission.org/. Referral cards and signs are available for your business upon request.

Secure access to your wifi within your business walls and through the night. If someone is asking for wifi access, inform them of resources at the public library.

Secure outside water sources from unwanted use.