The Blue Star Certification Program is a joint effort by the Houston Police Department and the Houston Apartment Association. Created for rental properties of all sizes, the program's goal is to help law enforcement officials and the multifamily housing industry work together to effectively reduce criminal activity in rental properties.
How It Works
Property management staff enroll in the program. The first phase is the completion of an eight-hour program taught by attorneys, police, crime prevention professionals and guest speakers. The training program is free to attendees, thanks to sponsorship by HAA and member companies. Management training is recommended for property owners, managers, leasing staff, maintenance personnel and others in the management team.
Upon completion of phase one, each participant receives a certificate.
To continue with phase two, management must complete the CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Authorization Form and CPTED Preparation Checklist and fax to 713.308.3901. Once the forms are received the property will be placed on a waiting list.
After the CPTED Survey has been completed and the property has passed; the property will be able to go to phase three - the Safety Social. At the Safety Social, officers will explain to the residents that the apartment community is working with the police to keep the community safe.
Participating managers should also implement the Blue Star Lease Addendum, the program's backbone, which cites specific actions that will be taken by management if a resident or someone under the resident's control is involved in illegal or dangerous activity on or near the rental property.
Topics covered through the classroom presentations include:
· How To Become A Blue Star Property
· Understanding Crime Prevention
· C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Concepts
· Cyber Crime
· Disaster Preparedness
· Drug Awareness
· Gang Awareness
· Identity Theft
· Liability Issues
For more information on the program, see the box at top right, or contact the Public Affairs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaces in this class are limited. Pre-Registration is mandatory. If you are an HAA member, please log-in and register by clicking on an event to the right.
If you are not a HAA member, email your name, property and company name and the date of the class that you would like to attend to email@example.com.