Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,
start my Christmas holiday safety and warning series of messages just before
the Thanksgiving holiday but considering the Christmas decorations are already
being installed at the malls, along many area roadways, and with the stores
setting up their Christmas light displays, I figured I better start early.
believe it or not, Christmas is only 6 weeks away. And with all the stores
getting an early start I am afraid so will the bad guys. So here are my first regular
holiday cautions/tips for 2023.
One of the
most important things is to remember to always keep valuables out of sight when
placing them in your vehicles. Packages, bags, and purses should be out of
sight and whenever possible locked in trunks.
that your vehicle is locked every time you leave it, even if it’s only for a few
minutes. Car burglars will check as many as 300 or more vehicles during a crime
spree. A typical burglary crew will have 2 “walkers” walking down the street or
through parking lots pulling on car door handles looking for the unlocked car.
Once inside, they are looking for anything that they can quickly sell. Items
frequently taken include sunglasses, electronic equipment, cash, and gift
type of car burglaries that increase this time of year is what we call
“sliders”. Sliders are criminals who
usually hang out at gas stations and while you are filling up your vehicle with
gas, they sneak around to the passenger side of your vehicle, open the door,
and take your purse, wallet and/or phone that was sitting on the passenger
seat. These guys are so good that most victims don’t even realize they have
been robbed until after they return to their car and find their property
missing. To avoid being a victim of
sliders, make sure your car is locked while you fuel your vehicle and scan the
area looking for people who are hanging around in the area watching you. Continue
to watch the entire area and not get too focused on getting your gas.
The same is
true when visiting ATM’s. Scan the area before you exit your vehicle. If you
see people hanging out nearby or in other parked cars, you may want to go to a
different ATM. Of course, when you exit
your car lock it, conduct your business, and upon returning to your car,
immediately relock all the doors.
You also may
want to check the settings on your vehicle and see how and when the doors lock
and unlock. Many vehicles allow you to adjust the settings so the doors will
not automatically unlock when you put the vehicle in park. On many cars, this
is the default setting. Some criminals like to wait in parking lots and upon
seeing a customer enter the lot and begin to park they will approach on the
passenger side of the vehicle. When seeing and hearing the car being placed in
park and the doors unlocking, they will quickly open the passenger door, grab a
purse or bag, and then flee the area. Many vehicles allow you to adjust the
setting to either only unlock the driver’s doors or no doors unless they are
of holiday crime is known as the “Dash Off” robbery. This is when a person
approaches a shopper, usually in a parking lot and after you have loaded your
car with your purchases. In these instances, the criminal will approach from
the passenger side of the car and ask you to lower the window to ask a question
(sometimes these criminals even wear a yellow vest so you will think they are
store employees). Once you lower the window (auto lower) the thief will grab
your purse, bag, or other items on the passenger seat and run off.
always be aware and alert for the distraction thief. These are criminals who
are usually working in teams in parking lots. Usually, one will approach you
with some type of distraction, i.e. asking for monies, a donation, looking for a
lost pet, directions, etc.… while your attention/focus is being distracted, an accomplice
is taking your purse or items from either your vehicle or shopping cart. In
some cases, the distraction may include a child, so it is important to always
keep your guard up.
We do not
want any of our residents to be the victims of crime this holiday season. We
are stepping up all our patrols this holiday season. Besides providing you with
valuable information and safety tips, we will be expanding our patrol areas overlapping
into the surrounding jurisdictions. We
are doing this for visibility and deterrence and most importantly to send a
clear message this holiday season to any would-be criminals. Stay out of
the Villages and stay away from our residents.
course, we cannot do this alone. We need you to help be our eyes and ears. As always, we encourage you to call us when
you see suspicious persons, vehicles and/or activity. We will gladly take the
call and send officers to the area. Even
though there may not be a crime, our presence will send a strong message that
we are present in the area that most often will send the bad guys packing. Our
non-emergency number is 713-365-3700. Please add it to your contact list and
feel free to use it when needed.
Officers Boggus and Vasquez stopped by Bunker Hill Elementary School and
enjoyed some quality time with students during the lunch hour. Today, our officers
will be joining students at Memorial Drive Elementary for their Annual Heroes
Lunch in celebration of Veterans Day. Thank you to both schools for the
November 11th is Veterans Day. Our thanks to all our Veterans who
work for the Villages and to our residents who are Veterans. Thank You for your
Have a great
weekend. Chief ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
towed due to the operator not having a driver’s license, the vehicle being not
registered, and being uninsured.
0415 Hours. 400 Block of Strey. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation.
Upon contacting the driver, officers found the driver to be unlicensed. A check
of the license plate found that it was fraudulent. The vehicle was also
uninsured. As the vehicle was being
towed officers found a small quantity of cocaine inside of the car. The DA’s office was contacted but declined
charges pending an analysis of the suspected drugs. The driver was cited, and the vehicle was
towed. Additional charges are pending.
1515 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. The vehicle was stopped for displaying a
fraudulent out of state paper license plate. Officers were able to determine
that the driver did not have a driver’s license, the vehicle was not
registered, and was uninsured. The
driver was cited, and the vehicle was towed.
0145 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive. Officers stopped the vehicle as it
was traveling on a flat tire. Upon speaking with the driver officers were able
to determine that the car had not been registered since January 2022, the
driver did not have a driver’s license and the car was uninsured. The vehicle was towed, and the driver was cited
for the offenses.
2215 Hours. 11800 Block of Taylorcrest. Officers stopped the vehicle after
observing a traffic violation. Through
investigation, officers were able to determine the vehicle was not registered
and was uninsured. Additionally, the
driver did not have a driver’s license.
The driver was cited, and the vehicle was towed.
1945 Hours. 11600 Block of Greenbay. Possession of Narcotics. Officers
initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers could
smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver admitted to
smoking marijuana just prior to the stop.
A subsequent search found packaged marijuana, cocaine, Xanax, Codeine,
and promethazine, along with a large quantity of cash. All
items were seized and tagged into evidence for drug testing as per the DA’s
Office. The 19 and 20-year-old suspects were arrested and booked on marijuana
charges due to the quantity being over 4 ounces. Additional charges are pending.
2145 Hours. 500 Block of Trails End. Theft of a License Plate. Officers were
contacted by Katy PD about a vehicle belonging to a resident possibly being
involved in a crime in Katy. Officers
contacted the resident and were able to verify that a license plate was missing
from the victim’s vehicle. Officers were able to determine that the plate had
been stolen from the vehicle while parked at Katy Mills Mall. Officers
generated a police report to document the incident.
0230 Hours. 11700 Block of Memorial Drive. Driving While Intoxicated. Officers
initiated a traffic stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain a proper
traffic lane. Upon approaching the
driver officers detected signs of intoxication.
The driver was administered sobriety tests which he failed. A subsequent
breath test showed the driver to be twice the legal limit. During the investigation, a passenger was
found to be in possession of marijuana and a handgun. Both the 31-year-old
driver and the 26-year-old passenger were booked into the Harris County Jail.
The vehicle was towed.