Northwest Crime Initiative Off To Successful Start

December 6, 2007 - The Houston Police Department’s Northwest patrol officers netted numerous arrests after a successful two-month start to the Northwest Crime Initiative

The primary goal of this program, which runs through December of 2007, is the reduction of burglary of motor vehicles and auto thefts along the “Highway 290 Corridor” area. This area includes the shopping, entertainment, hotel/motels, and apartments along and around Highway 290 between Bingle and Fairbanks North. Houston (5F30 Beat). The initiative also includes the Willowbrook areas (5F40 Beat).

HPD officers made numerous arrests using tactical/undercover operations, high visibility zero-tolerance operations, bait vehicles, warrant round-ups, and citizen education programs (burglary of motor vehicle report cards and civic meetings). In several incidents, victims successfully recovered stolen property such as lap top computers, electronics and tools. Stolen cars as well as guns and narcotics were also recovered.

To date, HPD officers have cleared 232 warrants, written 314 various traffic citations and put 76 suspects in jail. In addition, more than 4900 burglary of motor vehicle reduction report cards were issued, with 3152 vehicles passing and 1818 failing the quick inspection.

At 4 p.m. TODAY (December 6), Lieutenant S. Phares will be available at the HPD Spring Branch storefront, 8400 Long Point, to answer questions regarding this initiative. Afterwards, HPD officers will be deployed to apartments in the Hollister/Tidwell area to issue vehicle report cards.

For more information, contact the Spring Branch HPD Storefront at 832-394-0100.

VHS/MES 12-6-07

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.