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  Posted on: Friday, January 4, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year to everyone. It is hard to believe that 2018 is already behind us and 2019 is here. Please remember that Monday, school will be back in session and our school zones will once again be active. Because of the time of year, it will still be dark when many kids are walking to school, so use extra caution when heading out in the early morning hours.

Over the next several weeks we will be putting together our final year-end numbers for crime and other statistics for the Memorial Villages Police Department.  I have already taken an initial look at 2018 and the numbers are good.  Crimes against Persons were down 23% and Crimes against Property were down 1%. Arrests were up by 24%.  What this is telling me, is that we are heading in the right direction. Crime is down, and arrests are up. However, one area that does concern me a little is that after reviewing our Burglaries of Motor Vehicles (BMV’s), is that of the 32 reported incidents, 23 of them, involved vehicles that were not locked, meaning that the criminal just walked up to the car or truck and opened the door and stole valuables that were readily available and left in the car. That is 71.8% of all Burglary of Motor Vehicle cases.

As we make our New Year resolutions for 2019, I would respectfully ask everyone to commit to locking your vehicles, whenever and wherever you park it. This includes in front of your own home, driveway and even your garage. Let’s make it tough for these brazen criminals who often just drive around checking for unlocked doors. Our goal for 2019 is to continue and reduce crime even further and we will work hard at achieving that goal, but we will need your help.

A few other numbers for 2018 show that we created 106,778 incident files that included conducting 88,215 house checks and other duties from investigating accidents, suspicious persons and/or vehicles, to stopping vehicles, handling animal calls, disabled vehicles and assisting VFD and other agencies on other emergencies. 

Because of our continued focus on traffic violations, and in an effort to safely manage the ever-increasing amount of traffic in the Villages, in 2018 our arrests were up significantly. Many of our arrests were for individuals who had outstanding warrants for their arrests. This is another way that we work to help protect the community. Many criminals know that they have outstanding arrest warrants and they also know that should they venture into the Villages looking for an easy mark, that the chances of them being reported to the PD due to their suspicious activity increases as does the likelihood of a traffic stop should they commit a traffic violation. Criminals who have been arrested are often overheard commenting about how they knew that they should have “Just stayed out of the Villages”.  So please continue to assist us by calling in suspicious vehicles and persons. We will investigate.

An example of that is included below in the Weekly Crime Report.  The first call we received was from a neighbor who called in that he had just heard possible gunshots in the area.  As officers were responding, a second call came in of a security guard who had just encountered some suspected burglars who had just shot at him.  Because of that first call, our officers were already heading to the area when they observed the suspects attempting to flee. The officer gave chase and subsequently captured one of the suspects. This is a great example of how your observations and 911 calls can help us catch the bad guys. Keep up the strong partnerships with us and together we will continue to keep these “bad actors” away from the Villages.

Have a great weekend. The rain is gone, and the weather should be enjoyable (70 and Sunny).

Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

12/30/18 at 0245 Hours. 200 Block of Voss.  Driving while Intoxicated.  Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a traffic accident. Upon arrival and during the subsequent investigation, officers observed signs of Intoxication of one of the drivers.  The subject was administered field sobriety tests that confirmed impairment.  The driver admitted to drinking and to taking prescription medication.  The 56-year-old male driver was then placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. 

1/3/19 at 0025 Hours. 600 Block of Lindenwood. Aggravated Robbery with a Firearm. Officers responded to the area after receiving a call of gunshots being heard nearby. As officers were responding, a second call was received from a security company that unknown subjects were shooting at a security guard working at a residence. Officers arrived on-scene within minutes and observed the suspects’ vehicle (Blue Volkswagen Passat) exiting Lindenwood and turning east on Memorial Drive.  The officer began following the vehicle which then began to elude the officer.  The officer attempted to pullover the vehicle, however the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle continued east on Memorial and eventually crashed in the 6600 block, at which time the 3 occupants fled on foot. The MVPD officer was able to capture one of the suspects who was also found to be in possession of a stolen handgun. The subsequent investigation found that a security guard interrupted an in-progress car burglary at which time the suspects began shooting towards the security guard. The suspects then ran to a getaway vehicle and were fleeing the area when observed by MVPD officers. The 21-year-old suspect was booked into the Harris County Jail.  MVPD detectives are following up and attempting to identify the 2 outstanding suspects. The 2 remaining suspects were described as 2 black males, one was seen to be wearing a Blue Pullover with “Navy” on it.

Piney Point

No significant events 

Bunker Hill

12/31/18 at 1545 Hours. 600 Block of Knipp Road. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim was at the listed property assisting the resident with some household tasks.  The victim had left her purse inside of her vehicle that was parked in the driveway.  Upon returning to her vehicle she found the center console on her vehicle to be open and items laying on the seats and floor. Her purse, wallet and phone were missing. The vehicle had been left unsecure between 1100 and 1545 hours.  Information was obtained about the missing items and area residents contacted and asked to check for video surveillance footage of the area and for any suspects.  Detectives are following up on this case.  

 
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