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May 1, 2008

Message from Mayor Bill White about crime reduction in your neighborhood

I write to tell you about the progress we made in combating excessive crime in your neighborhood at the Pebble Walk Apartments (8500 Broadway) and the Crescent City Apartments (8501 Broadway).

Crime went down 39% at Pebble Walk and 63% at Crescent City Apartments in the second half of 2007 as compared to the same period in 2006. Of course, no crime is acceptable and the City of Houston is working hard to reduce this further.

The City's FAST Unit (Forfeiture Abatement Support Team), made up of city law enforcement and attorneys, has been aggressively enforcing our laws concerning high-crime apartments.

Since we passed a new ordinance in July 2007, owners of apartments with excessive crime must meet with police officials and implement proven crime reduction methods, e.g., lighting, fence security, security personnel, tenant screening, etc.

FAST analyzed the apartment crime, inspected the apartments, and provided a Nuisance Abatement Plan requiring the owner's signature. FAST re-inspected the properties within 30 days to ensure all the measures in the plan were implemented. FAST monitored the crime for six months. FAST has filed lawsuits against property owners who refuse to take steps to make their property safer. HPD Patrol Divisions in your neighborhood increased patrols at the identified apartments.

As I said, no crime is acceptable and we will continue to be aggressive in using every tool at our disposal to combat it. If you have any leads concerning crime in and around the apartments identified at the beginning of this email, contact: The Houston Police Department's Multi-Family Unit at (713) 308-3900.

Thank you,

Bill White


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