Police Week – On May 15th each year we
celebrate National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Actually, this week is better
known to many people as Police Week. Here at the MVPD, the Memorial Villages
Police Foundation treated personnel to morning Bagels, fresh fruit and other
healthy snacks each day. Every officer was also presented with a personalized
equipment bag that will come in handy as personnel move their equipment in and
out of their vehicles before and after their shift. Of most importance, this
week we remember the ultimate sacrifice that too many law enforcement officers
have given as they have served our country and their respective
communities. 2018 saw 163 officers
nationwide lose their lives. In Texas, 11 officers died. On behalf of all of
the men and women of the MVPD, I would like to thank the foundation and the
Memorial Community for your never-ending and continued support.
This week we hosted the first ever “Lunch with a
Punch” RAD refresher training. 17 RAD Alumni gathered for a morning of
fellowship and sisterhood and participated in a review of the ways to best
protect themselves and their families from a personal attack. I had the honor
of spending some time with the group as they prepared to “fight back” against
anyone who may want to do them or a loved one harm. We are planning on
additional RAD classes for women, along with RAD for seniors this summer.
Anyone wanting more details should contact Officer
Michelle Owens about our next (2) regular RAD classes scheduled for June 11-13
and July 16-18. Michelle can be reached
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
These classes will emphasize safety for women and will focus on strategies for
young women who are graduating from high school and moving off to college. Mother/Daughter teams are highly encouraged
to attend class together. I can guarantee, you will learn a lot of valuable
information and make some new friends while doing so.
This week we have been hit unusually hard with criminal activity and
have had 3 burglaries and 2 felony thefts. As we continue to investigate these
crimes we have a strong suspicion that some of these thefts have been committed
by or facilitated by, contractor employees working in the area. Due to the high
number of construction projects occurring throughout the villages, workers, day
laborers and deliver workers can easily learn your patterns and know who is
home, when you leave, and even things like, if you are activating your alarm.
Some of this week crimes occurred at properties where security systems were
present but not used. Someone closely watching your home can often figure out
that you are not arming alarms or other systems. Please, always close and lock all windows,
lock all doors, activate/arm alarms and ensure that all video systems are
working, properly aimed and recording. If you do all of these things, every
time your home is vacant, the chances of being a victim of a burglary are very
Alarm companies can and should call us first. They can
always cancel later if a false alarm. Let us help protect your property. We love to catch bad guys (and girls). Your
personal technology along with our tools, together can hold these folks
accountable for their actions and most important keep the thieves out of the
Villages. In some of this week’s crimes we have been able to use technology to
provide leads on specific suspects. Detectives are working throughout the
Houston Area working on tracking these criminals down, but in the meantime,
let’s not give them an opportunity to come back and hit again. LOCK IT, ALARM
IT, RECORD IT, KEEP IT.
End of School. It is hard to believe but it is
actually here, and summer vacation starts soon. School wraps up at most
schools, next Thursday the 23rd. Others are close by. Many kids are excited about finishing up and
may be a little too excited about getting home. So please be a little extra
cautious this week when driving through the villages as the schedules change.
No more school will mean more kids out on bikes and in parks throughout the Villages. The good thing is, less traffic and morning
commute times will get shorter.
Memorial Drive Elementary School D.A.R.E. graduation
was today. Congratulations to this year’s 5th grade D.A.R.E.
graduates. Officer Owens said you all were a super class and Officer Miller
said he can’t wait to see you all next year in Middle School. Have a great summer.
Good news about the vacant lot located at San Felipe
and the Bayou. The fence has been repaired, the lot cleaned up, the homeless
camp has been removed and the area secured and posted “No Trespassing”. Our thanks to the property owner, HPD,
Constables, HCSO and social services for helping get this issue resolved.
Finally, please remember that graduation parties are
in full swing this time of year. We have
been notified of several parties occurring this weekend in the Villages. Expect
some extra traffic and parking throughout the area. We will be out and about
keeping an eye on things, especially making sure that all streets remain clear
for emergency vehicle access. If you are hosting a large gathering, please
consider using a valet service, notifying neighbors and letting us know in
advance. Those 3 things can go along way in avoiding any problems and
interrupting your event.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
5/11/19 at 2200 Hours. 1 Hunters Creek Place.
Theft. Officers were dispatched to
Hunters Creek City Hall to meet with a contractor who had equipment that had
been stolen from the parking lot. A review of area video surveillance showed a
suspect in a dark colored pickup truck to be in the parking lot at the time of
the theft. Information about the theft was obtained and provided to detectives
for their follow up investigation.
5/15/19 at 1015 Hours. 10770 Block of Beinhorn. Theft.
The property owner reported that unknown persons had removed 2 windows that had
been delivered to the job site for installation, as well as an air conditioner
compressor. The windows were new, but
the AC Unit was a used system that was to be reconnected. Information was
obtained about the items and provided to detectives for their follow up
5/15/19 at 1800 Hours. 10600 Block of Gawain. Identity
Theft. Victim reported that over the past several weeks she has received
numerous credit cards that she had not applied for. Upon further investigation
she found additional mobile phone accounts opened using her personal
identification as well. All credit cards and phone accounts were
cancelled. Information was obtained and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
5/13/19 at 0815 Hours. 11600 Block of Starwood. Theft.
Officers were dispatched to the above location when construction personnel
arrived at the job site and discovered that several sheets of plywood and other
lumber was taken some time during the night.
A garage door had been forced open to gain access to the home. Officers
discovered that numerous contractors have been working on the project and many
knew of the delivery of supplies and also had access to the gate combination
code. Information was obtained and
provided to detectives who were also on scene conducting their investigation.
5/13/19 at 1510 Hours. 300 Block of Tynebridge.
Burglary of a Habitation. The victim reported that she had left her home for a
short time to run an errand. Upon returning to her home she discovered that
someone had entered her home and ransacked bedrooms and closets. Upon further
investigation it was discovered that a rear window had been broken out that
allowed for the suspects to gain entry into the home. Detectives were requested and responded.
During their investigation, several pieces of evidence and near-by area video
surveillance footage was located.
Detectives were able to use this evidence also with information captured
by an Automated License Plate Detection Reader (ALPR) System to identify a
suspect vehicle. Detectives are
continuing their investigation and attempting to locate the vehicle at various
locations in the Houston area. Note: The suspects (with extensive criminal
records) have moved several times and the registration is not current. The
investigation is on-going.
5/13/19 at 1830 Hours. 200 Block of Merrie Way.
Burglary of a Habitation. The victims reported that they had also left the
house for a short period of time and upon returning home discovered that
someone had entered their home by crawling through a dog door. Detectives
responded to this location and processed the scene for evidence and also
checked with neighbors for video surveillance footage. A suspect vehicle was
also seen on video and a license plate was found and verified on a near-by ALPR
System. Detectives are actively following up on that vehicle as well and the
registered owner. Note: Detectives are working to see if the listed crimes are
possibly linked/coordinated together.
5/17/19 at 0330 Hours. 100 Block of Greenbay Circle.
Public Intoxication. A newspaper delivery driver reported an unconscious male
laying on the lawn of a home. Officers
arrived and found a highly intoxicated male passed out on the lawn. The subject was placed under arrest and
booked into the MVPD jail. The 20-year-old male lives several miles away, it is
unknown how he ended up in the area.