With the holidays approaching, residents are taking precaution to help avoid crime. Property owners and law enforcement officers met for the third annual Columbia Landlords Against Crime event.
The Columbia Apartment Association accounts for about 2,500 rental units in the city. Since 2003, rental unit arrests have decreased from 4,000 arrests a year to 2,650 arrests in 2011. Law enforcement records show, most crime on rental property occurs in government assistance housing.