Eyes on the South Side (EOSS)

Eyes on the South Side (EOSS) is a collaboration between the St. Cloud Police Department, St. Cloud State University and property owners and residents within the central south side of the city that borders the university campus. This area is comprised of over 80% rental properties that are primarily occupied by transitional students that attend higher education institutions located in the St. Cloud area. 

Quality of life issues, both real and perceived, concerning crime, safety, public nuisances and the visual peace and quiet of this neighborhood generated the need for a problem-oriented policing strategy.  EOSS is intended to foster communication, interaction, cooperation and trust between the participants and to maintain the pride of ownership within this unique core neighborhood. The key components of the EOSS program are to:
  
  • Facilitate continuous interaction between the police, area residents and university staff.
  • Train, educate and support permanent and temporary residents in crime prevention and reduction strategies including personal safety, burglarproofing, safeguarding personal property and neighborhood watch principles.
  • Train, educate and support rental property owners and managers in best practices that will lower police calls for service and raise the quality of life while maintaining both the landlord's and the tenant's rights. 
  • Support and encourage resident participation in programs that promote personal responsibility and positive behavior.
  

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St. Cloud Police Department

Crime Prevention

101 11th Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Ph: 320-345-4182
Fx: 320-345-4135
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EOSS Rental Home Inspection and Validation
Rental home owners and managers in this targeted area can request to have their property inspected and validated.  The process involves an onsite inspection and verification that the property meets certain nationally recognized Crime Prevention premises and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards.  The inspection is conducted by a crime prevention certified member of the police department and no fee is required for the inspection or validation.  For a home to be validated, the following minimum criteria must be met:
 
 
  • Adequate external natural surveillance (see and be seen).
  • Adequate external lighting of entry and exit doors, parking areas and any identified vulnerable areas.
  • Adequate type of exterior doors, i.e. solid wood, metal coated or metal.
  • Deadbolt, touchpad, or other approved lock with a minimum one-inch throw on exterior doors.
  • Security or reinforced strike plates for each deadbolt, touchpad or other approved lock.
  • Adequate key accountability and key control procedures.
  • Window locks on ground floor windows and those subterranean windows that may be used for emergency egress.  All window locks must open without using keys or tools.
  • House number posted and clearly visible.
  • Tenant personal property protection measures. Examples are: Requiring tenants to maintain personal property records listing brand, model and serial number information; the posting of advisory signs or labels as property protection reminders; or tenant participation in crime watch meetings with police representatives.
The intent of the inspection and validation within this targeted area is to provide assurance to renters and prospective tenants that the owner or manager is employing police department recommended best practices that can significantly reduce the risk of crime victimization while they inhabit that property