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 email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
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.
No significant events
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.