COLUMBIA, 1/7/11 (Beat Byte) -- "Every 2.6 Minutes, a property crime is committed In Missouri.
"One Burglary every 12.1 Minutes. One Theft every 3.7 Minutes. One Arson every 3.6 Hours."
So opens the official invitation to one of the nation's most unique events, the 2nd Annual Columbia Property Managers Against Crime Summit, scheduled for Thursday, January 13th at the Parkade Center, from 6-9 pm.
The invitation cites 2009 Missouri State Hwy Patrol Statistics, cause for enough concern that last year's summit, held at the Youzeum, featured a standing room only crowd.
"In Columbia, 3,918 Property Offenses were reported this year, of which 692 were Burglaries; 3,083 were Thefts; 132 were Motor Vehicle Thefts; and 11 were Arson."
Moderated by Columbia Business Times editor David Reed, the summit features panelists that include Columbia Housing Authority CEO Phil Steinhaus, whose organization recently enacted ultra-strict anti-crime measures in all Section 8 and related housing authority leases. It invites participants to "join real estate owners, managers, and residents in a conversation that covers issues affecting our property values, neighborhoods, and our entire community."
Experts such as landlord/tenant attorney Steve Scott; Columbia Police crime free housing officer Tim Thomason; city code enforcement officer Bill Cantin; and Signal 88 Security president Matt Nichols are scheduled to discuss "hot button issues such as landlord and crime prevention, public housing crime provisions, effective screening, neighborhood dynamics, evictions, slumlords, and liability reduction," says Parkade manager Ben Gakinya, who is hosting the event.
Crime in and around rental property and criminal tenants have been a thorny problem in Columbia over the years.