If you’re looking for Houston apartments to rent, one of the things you might want to consider is the security of the apartment complex. While there is no such thing as a crime-free apartment, there are certain things you can do while pursuing your Houston apartment hunt that could possibly help you be more aware of your surroundings and try to get the most secure place for the money.
Recently, The Houston Police Department has instituted the “Blue Star Multi- Housing Program” which is a joint effort between the police and Houston apartment managers and residents to help lower the crime rate in apartment complexes.
The police train the managers in a class in various ways to make the complex more secure and the complex has to have a survey of the property to qualify which takes into effect such things as lighting, onsite security and other such necessities.
You can see which complexes have been certified by visiting their website online: https://www.haaonline.org/BlueStar/ and to also learn more about this three phase program.
Online apartment rating web sites can be helpful too. You can check Houston crime data including crime rates by neighborhood online with Neighborhood Scout https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/houston/crime
Another website is Spot Crime https://spotcrime.com/tx/houston
which has an interactive map showing what crimes have been reported via Google Map.
You can also call the local library and have their research staff help you with finding out how accurate the information is on these web sites.
Once you’ve narrowed your search to a handful of places, you can also check with the police for the crime rate on that apartment complex itself. You might do a walk of the community yourself, looking at the same kinds of things the Blue Star survey does.
If it’s a gated community, check the statistics of the gate, as to how often it’s been repaired. That could be a sign of a potential crime issue.
Also many apartment complexes now run criminal background checks on incoming residents. Check too, if the apartment has the “Blue Star Lease Addendum” 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.
Once you find an apartment, you might consider getting renter’s insurance, just in case. It’s usually not very expensive for the amount of coverage it offers.
As always, remember, if you need assistance in finding an apartment in Houston, contact a good reputable apartment locator.