HPD to Give Blue Star to 100th Apartment Property
BY Alex Wang [ December 20, 2013 at 09:40:29 ]
|From 10 a.m. to noon TOMORROW (Friday, Dec. 20), the Houston Police Department will recognize and certify the 100th property in its Blue Star Multi-Housing Program, which is designed to enhance the safety and quality of life for citizens.|
The property receiving this milestone certification is the Braeburn Village Apartments at 7500 Bissonnet, across from Sharpstown High School.
HPD's Blue Star Multi-Housing Program is designed to be a cooperative effort between apartment managers/owners, apartment residents and law enforcement to abate crime and to enhance the quality of life for citizens living within multi-family communities. The awarding of a Blue Star designation means the apartment community has successfully completed all three phases of the program and has met the minimum standards for certification. It is hoped that, over time, more apartment managers and prospective residents will recognize and apply for the Blue Star Multi-Housing certification to promote a safer and cleaner community with a higher quality of life.
HPD officers and other crime prevention specialists train apartment managers and owners in the concepts of Blue Star and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in an eight-hour class. After successful completion of the class, managers can request the Blue Star certification. However, the apartment community must first have a favorable CPTED survey of the property, according to standards established by the Houston Police Department. During the CPTED survey, officers assess such things as lighting, perimeter fencing, landscaping, on-site security and crime prevention efforts, tenant screening procedures, etc.
Once the CPTED survey is completed, the apartment community is required to satisfy all deficiencies cited in the report. Once deficiencies are resolved and upon the successful completion of an apartment-sponsored safety social, the apartment is awarded the HPD Blue Star Multi-Housing certification. Annual inspections are performed by HPD personnel to ensure the high standards of the Blue Star Multi-Housing Program are being maintained. While no one can guarantee a crime-free community, the Blue Star certification indicates a shared commitment to reduce or prevent crime by management and police within the community.
The Apartment Enforcement Unit- Blue Star Program would like to thank everyone for their help in achieving this goal. If you have any questions about your property becoming Blue Star certified, please contact Officers D. Clark and L. Ferguson at 713 308 3900.
Officers Clark and Ferguson will be available for media interviews at the event.
WHAT: 100th Property Earns HPD Blue Star
DATE: TOMORROW (Friday, Dec. 20)
TIME: 10 a.m. to Noon
WHERE: Braeburn Village Apartments, 7500 Bissonnet (Key map 530-Q)