The Arizona Real Estate Board said Tuesday it will begin issuing real estate licensing permits to all owners of properties valued at $5 million or more within the state, a decision it said was in response to a rash of violent crime in Phoenix that has resulted in nearly 50 deaths.
The move comes after Phoenix police in July killed a suspected serial killer who had killed at least eight people, including three children, in the Phoenix suburb of Phoenix.
The city is about an hour east of Phoenix and the Arizona State Capitol is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) away.
The city of Phoenix, which has the second-highest murder rate in the nation, has seen an increase in violent crime and other crimes, including rapes, aggravated assaults and murders.
A report released earlier this month by the Phoenix Police Department showed that the city experienced a rise in property crime in 2016, which is up from the previous year.
The number of licensed properties in the city was 6,919, according to the latest data from the Arizona Department of Licenses and Inspections.
The board said it would begin issuing licenses to the owners of 10,945 properties valued between $5,000 and $50,000, and it would continue issuing licenses after July 10.
It is the second time in a week that the board has taken action to allow licensed real estate agents to handle business in the state.
In January, it said it was revoking a license for a licensed real-estate agent to conduct business in Arizona.