It’s no secret that the safety at Romney Meadows, formerly Claystone at the Crossing, has been called into question. There is no denying that the community was a high-crime area, which is exactly why new management has been taking steps to win back the public’s trust, and more importantly, make the community a safe place to live.
When the property went through its initial management change, the property was described as having a lot of potential. Claystone was already a very important part of Lafayette as an affordable housing community. However, many in the area knew it could be so much more. After the management change, the goal was for the property to become the affordable housing community of choice in Lafayette. Security was the number one priority.
There were certain aspects of the property that made it susceptible to crime. Management has addressed the most glaring issues by adding security cameras and increasing outdoor lighting at Romney Meadows. The security cameras feed directly to the Lafayette Police Department, who will also be making regular patrols in the area.
New management made it a point to increase security lighting throughout the property. Research has proven that well-lit parking lots have significantly less crime than poorly lit ones. The theory behind outdoor improving outdoor lighting at Romney Meadows, is that it will eliminate dark areas for individuals to engage in criminal activity. Before these improvements, the dynamics of the property made it susceptible to crime by offering a dark, quiet place for those activities. That will no longer be an issue thanks to the improved lighting offered at Romney Meadows. The improved lighting will also make it easier for the police patrols to monitor the property.
The renovations at Romney Meadows have featured several improvements, both capital and cosmetic. The increased outdoor lighting will make patrolling easier for law enforcement, which will make the community safer and allow residents to feel safer. Management has made resident safety and comfort the number one priority in the improvements. Improved lighting is just one more way Romney Meadows is becoming the affordable housing community of choice in Lafayette.