From the Desk
of Chief Ray Schultz,
everyone who made it out to the Bunker Hill Open House on Wednesday evening. We
had a great time speaking with residents about current issues and public safety
throughout the area. At the event we unveiled our new construction and
landscaping hours brochure. Our officers
will be providing these to construction and landscaping crews with information
about the boundaries of the villages and the respective days of the week and
the hours of work allowed. Hopefully this will help in keeping workers from
violating our quiet hours in the villages.
One of the
big discussions during the evening was about the continued incidents occurring
just east of the Memorial Villages area in the Tanglewood neighborhood, and the
increasing driveway and home invasion robberies as there was another one of
these crimes this week.
The Modus Operandi
of the criminals usually begins at an upscale restaurant or shopping center.
Often but not always, the victim has utilized valet parking. It appears that
the suspect(s) begins following the victim home where the victim is then robbed
while in their driveway, garage or just outside of their home. Sometimes the
crime occurs soon upon arriving home while in other circumstances it appears
that the suspect(s) are casing the home to see of others are present. They are
looking for cameras and if the resident may come back outside to complete a
chore such as taking out garbage or locking vehicles.
In the most
recent case, the victim had gone back outside when he was forced back into the
home, assaulted and the family robbed at gun point. So, the discussion on Wednesday
was how do you protect yourself?
with keen awareness of your surroundings. Whenever you are out shopping or
dining it is important to remain aware of your surroundings and specifically of
people who either reappear around you, begin to follow you, or excessively look
or stare in your direction. If using valet parking watch to see who comes out after
you and loiters nearby. If you see someone who is suspicious watch them as you leave and if they quickly enter a car and head
in the same direction, you may want to conduct a “heat” run.
A heat run
is a driving technique where you make several turns while watching vehicles that
are behind you. If you make several turns or U-turns and the vehicle continues
to follow you, then it is time to drive towards a crowed location/area. If you
are in the memorial villages area head to one of the three police departments,
Memorial Villages PD, Hedwig PD or Spring Valley PD, or if necessary, even the
Village Fire Department will suffice.
heading towards us, call the department at 713-365-3700. If you call 911
remember you may get another agency at first depending on your location. If possible,
drive past one of the area ALPR cameras, if you don’t know where they are, the
emergency operator will tell you. (a list of locations is attached).
If you have
the MVPD short cut app on your cell phone just touch the directions button on
the front page and a map will help guide you straight to the MVPD. To install the shortcut, open the MVPD webpage
www.mvpdtx.org in your browser and add it
to your home screen, the MVPD logo/icon will then appear on your device as a
shortcut button. Officers will be dispatched and attempt to locate and stop the
car/vehicle before you get to the MVPD. If they do not intercept them just
continue to the MVPD and pull right in front of the department, officers are
being dispatched to the MVPD. The
department also has cameras that monitor the parking lot and driveway.
sure and have your license plate memorized as dispatchers will need your plate to
locate you on the ALPR system so they can locate the suspect’s vehicle that is
following you. If you conduct the “heat”
run and the vehicle turns or you think that you have lost them, please still
call us and we will have an officer drive by your house as you arrive home. You
can have the officer meet you and escort you into your home or just standby as
you enter. We will then keep an eye on
your home so you can rest easy for the evening.
If you have
gone out for a nice evening and have just returned not believing that you have
been followed and someone unexpectedly knocks or rings your doorbell do
not immediately answer the door.
If you have a video doorbell, use that to remotely answer the door. If you
do not, utilize your peep hole and ask through the door who is there, of course
if ever in doubt, do not open the door and call us, we will respond.
of brazen robberies are concerning to us as they are extremely dangerous. Remember
that awareness is key.
are always on patrol looking for unusual types of driving that might signify
someone is being followed. These driving behaviors include someone running a red
light to keep up with a vehicle, two vehicles making U-turns right after one
another or a vehicle stopping on the roadway to watch and see where another vehicle
is going. We will continue to work with
surrounding agencies in solving and preventing these types of crimes.
MVPD officers Boggus and Vasquez attended the Presbyterian Church Scarecrow Days
event with the school children. Everyone
had a great time enjoying classic fall treats, dancing, and games. Our officers
even had some fun with the fire personnel who were present. (See photos)
morning our long awaiting statue finally arrived. The statue(s) are being
installed today. We will have an official unveiling at our Halloween party
scheduled for October 30, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Put it on your calendar and bring
the entire family. There will be “Truck or Treating”, games and food.
Everything will happen right here in front of the department. Catch a sneak
peek of the statue on the attached photo.
Some of you
were wondering what happened off Gessner Road early this morning. Just south of
Bunker Hill Village, HPD had been chasing some robbery suspects when the
get-a-way car wrecked. The suspects then ran on foot with one being
apprehended. Our officers assisted HPD
as a perimeter was set up to search for the remaining suspects. Two of the
suspects did get away possibly into the Bayou, however we kept a presence in
the area ensuring any of suspects did not return.
us a tweet that they had received about the safest places to move to in Texas. The
Memorial Villages was #4.
It should be
a Chamber of Commerce weather weekend here in Houston so, if at
all possible, get out and enjoy your community, I know I will. Chief Ray
Weekly Crime Report
0800 Hours. 11700 Block of Memorial. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that sometime during the
night unknown person(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and removed items that
included a wallet and his ID from the vehicle.
The victim does have security cameras and will be checking them to see
if they captured the suspects in the area of their car. Information was collected and provided to detectives
for their follow up investigation.
1430 Hours. 1-100 Block of Huntington Park. Reckless Damage to Property. A pool
company had gone to the victims home and drilled into the victim’s pool decking
to install a series of clips for a pool cover. The workers then realized that
they were at the wrong home. They contacted the homeowner and informed them of
the damage that they had caused. The
victim requested a police report in order to document the damage. The workers
thought that the company would fix the damage, but it was not confirmed.
1345 Hours. 2200 S. Piney Point Road. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers
were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on S. Piney Point Road.
Officers were nearby and quickly located and stopped the vehicle. Upon speaking with the driver, it was learned
that he had purchased the 2018 Audi Q5 for $10,000 from a guy at an apartment
complex on Westheimer. When asked about the low price for the vehicle that is
clearly worth more than what he paid he stated that he just thought it was a good
deal. Officers attempted to contact the victim but without success. The DA’s Office was contacted but declined
charges due to the fact that the victim could not be located. The vehicle was recovered, and the subject
was released. Detectives will be
following up on the investigation.