Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, October 4, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

On Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of joining approximately 2 dozen organized neighborhood groups as you celebrated National Night Out.  In addition to the larger parties, MVPD officers while on patrol, found another 6 or so impromptu gatherings of neighbors.  I saw several crock pots full of stew, deli trays and lots of deserts. Several events had food trucks, music and of course lots of kids enjoying a perfect evening. To those groups that organized and registered their events, RING donated 3 RING Doorbell Cameras and just before 6 pm we held a drawing for the winners. The winners were:

·       Alice from the 11700 Block of Cobblestone

·       Tina from the 10900 Block of Beinhorn

·       Lisa from the 1-100 Block of Brompton Court


Congratulations to the winners of the doorbell cameras. Our dayshift officers stayed late, and our evening officers came in early, so they too could get out to as many events as possible. And while the evening was supposed to end at 8 pm, some of us did not make it back to the station until almost 10 pm. The discussions, dialogue and fellowship were enjoyed by everyone. The top topics for discussion included; traffic concerns (speeding), increased cut through traffic, identity theft, the increased number of homeless individuals wandering through the area and lots of questions about the new ALPR system that almost everyone has now seen being installed throughout the villages.


Also, the recently up-fitted spare MVPD vehicle with the mobile ALPR has been seen and many of you offered the area in front of your homes and neighborhoods as viable space to park it.  Remember, the mobile ALPR unit does not do any enforcement and is NOT a Photo Radar system. It only compares the license plate against the National and State files of stolen and wanted vehicles. It is designed to be a proactive tool to let us know if and when stolen vehicles enter the villages and as an investigative tool for our detectives when trying to identify a suspect after a crime has occurred.


Also, this past Tuesday there was a special promotion where a pizza chain was donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the family of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal who was killed while in the line of duty last Friday. Several residents ordered pizzas and had them delivered to the department throughout the day and evening. I stopped counting at pizza number 14. Needless to say, the rest of the week we have been hitting the gym and the jogging paths.  Thank you thinking of our personnel as we all have had to deal with the tragedy of Deputy Dhaliwal’s death. A special thanks to Officer Boggus who has been assisting with events this week, including the Candlelight Vigil and Funeral services by providing Drone support.  


The cool mornings have been a welcome relief and the number of walkers and joggers has definitely increased. Until the upcoming time change occurs, it is dark until 7 am. Additionally, some middle schoolers are picked up by buses at 0645 meaning they are out in the dark waiting for their busses. Please be extra careful the next couple of weeks and watch for runners, walkers and kids during your morning commutes. 


In this week’s crime report we ended up with a pretty good week and not too much activity, but we did have a fraud occur where the criminal pretended to be from the victim’s bank.  In this particular incident, the suspect did not want to end the phone call and kept the victim on the phone while the fraud played out. That is always a good sign that something is wrong. Whenever dealing with a questionable inquiry from what you think may be your bank or financial institution, always get a phone number and name. Then verify that information with the general information or operator from your bank by calling your local branch or phone number that you normally use.  Even better yet, if your bank is local, go to your regular branch and speak with someone face to face. If someone is claiming to control your account, immediately hang up and call your bank and notify them of the attempted fraud.


Thank you to everyone who sent pizza’s this week along with sandwiches and Texan Tickets. As always, our staff is very appreciative.


Have a great week. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org


Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

9/28/19 at 1630 Hours. 700 Block of Creekside. Fraud. The victim reported that a male subject had called her and stated that her bank account had been hacked and that she needed to provide him with $1000 in gifts cards in order to get account back. The behavior and actions concerned the victim and she was afraid of losing access to her bank account and she went and obtained the gift cards while staying on the phone with the suspect. After the transaction had been completed, she checked with her bank and found that she had been scammed.  Information about the incident to include the phone number of the point of origination of the call was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.  


Bunker Hill

10/01/19 at 1345 Hours. 200 Block of Warrenton. Credit Card Abuse/Fraud. The victim received a phone call from a music supply company making an inquiry about a pending purchase.  The victim had not made a purchase from this business. During the conservation the victim learned of a prior purchase last week also made in the name of the victim for $2199.00.  The current order was cancelled and information obtained about both orders and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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