The last two mornings I have arrived at the MVPD a
little earlier than normal in order to speak with a few of the night-shift
officers and to see how things have been going overnight. Specifically, I asked
how many people are they seeing out and about? I was surprised to learn that
the officers were troubled with the volume of traffic. They told me that they
continue to monitor virtually the same amount of traffic as they normally see.
I asked if there was one group or another of people that they were seeing?
Young vs old? Etc… They told me that they were basically seeing everyone. From
people going to play tennis well after midnight to young couples out for a
ride, to teenagers looking for an open drive thru restaurant. So, with that, we know how important it is
for us to continue our aggressive patrols throughout the night looking for the
occasional miscreants who are up to no good.
The officers also wanted me to pass along that they
see a lot more vehicles parked in driveways and on the street due to college
students being home. They ask that everyone please ensure that all cars and
trucks have the doors locked, because they have also seen an increase in
cut-through foot traffic along Gessner, Blalock and Voss.
The evening officers have also seen a few panhandlers
appear at intersections in the villages. One of them that officers dealt with,
was found to be a registered sex offender. The officers informed the subject of
the no soliciting ordinances that are in effect in all 3 villages and requested
that he move on, which he did. Obviously as the strain increases on the economy
across the country due to the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak, I expect we will
see an increase in panhandlers and others asking for help/assistance. If you
want to help those in need please avoid direct contact with panhandlers
especially during this time of social distancing. Our churches here in the
Villages all do a tremendous job of helping those in need and will gladly
accept any donations. By donating to a local church group, you can be ensured
that your gift will go to someone who is truly in need of help and not inadvertently
funding someone’s drug addiction. In
addition to the panhandlers we are also seeing more people passing out
handbills for services. If you are not yet registered as a No Soliciting
Residence, please do so at www.mvpdtx.org
click on the right side of the web page.