Burglary Reduction Initiative on the Southeast Side

November 21, 2007 - In its continuing efforts to “Keep Houston Safe,” the Houston Police Department has started a Burglary Reduction Initiative in Houston’s southeast side, concentrating on 13D20s beat.

For information on the targeted area, please click on the following link http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cs/beatpages/southeast.htm

The goals of the initiative are to increase officer visibility in the area to discourage criminal activity, as well as reduce the number of burglaries and thefts in the area. On-duty officers and overtime units will work to identify and arrest those who engage in criminal activity, and will aim to increase citizen participation in reporting crime. Officers will work cooperatively with on-site management companies to improve security measures and will provide apartment complexes and businesses with crime prevention strategies for reducing the attractiveness of their property for potential criminal activity. The overall purpose is to reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Houston.

Historically, 13D20s beat accounts for a large number of Part I crimes in the southeast area. Crime analysis data suggests that 13D20s beat consistently contains high concentrations of burglaries in the apartment complexes located on Broadway and in the adjacent neighborhoods.

The specific crimes the Southeast Patrol Division will seek to impact are residential and business burglaries in the Fairlawn, Bayou Oaks, Garden Villas, Santa Rosa and Glenbrook Valley neighborhoods. The initiative will also focus on reducing burglaries of storage sheds and garages.

One of the overtime officers working on this initiative was patrolling the apartments on Broadway about 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday (November 20) when he observed a suspicious male running from apartments at 8750 Broadway. The officer followed the suspect and found him to be responsible for an armed robbery of a female that had just occurred in the apartment complex the suspect was seen running from. The pistol was recovered and aggravated robbery charges were filed on the suspect. The officer’s actions indicate this initiative is already working while in its early stages, and that all suspects, regardless of the crime, will be apprehended.

For more information, please contact Lieutenant Jennifer Evans at the Southeast Patrol Division at (713) 731-5000.

JGA/JFC 11-21-07
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.