Safe living spaces for all Hobby residents is of utmost importance to the District. We’re excited to announce the recent Blue Star certification of the Telephone Road Elderly Apartments. Here’s what that means and how they achieved it:
About Blue Star Certification
The Houston Police Department performs complementary security assessments of apartment complexes and offers recommendations based on their Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program.
CPTED is based on the premise that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life. Properties that meet these standards are awarded Blue Star Certification.
Four Key Concepts Of Blue Star Certification
- Natural Surveillance relates to the placement of physical features, activities, and people in a way that maximizes visibility. For example, the removal of any obstacle that would prevent people from being able to see throughout the property may be included in suggestions.
- Natural Access Control looks at the physical guidance of people coming to or going from a space through the strategic placement of entrances and exits, fencing, landscaping, and lighting. Access control is aimed at providing space for the intended user by keeping out those that do not belong. A good example of access control is fencing and automatic gates in apartment complexes.
- Territorial Reinforcement is the use of attributes such as fences, pavement treatments, art, signs and lighting that express ownership and pride on a property. The lack of ownership in apartments or other rental properties provides an opportunity for vandalism.
- Maintenance allows for the continued use of a space for its intended purpose and also serves as another expression of ownership. Appropriate and timely maintenance prevents the reduction of visibility from overgrown landscaping and obstructed or inoperable lighting. Often, once maintenance declines and deterioration sets in, crime rises.
Blue Star Certification is a strictly volunteer effort on the part of the apartment complexes. We want to recognize all of the effort, dedication and foresight that went into the certification process. Thanks for making Hobby proud! For more information about the CPTED program, view brochure.
Telephone Road Elderly Apartments
6000 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77087
Dover Place Apartments
4137 Dover Ave, Houston, TX 77087