Houston Stores Warn Public about Holiday Theft
November 15, 2010
by: Bill Stamps
With the holiday season right around the corner, the police department and retail stores are teaming up to help make it a safe and theft-free holiday season. Bill Stamps explains.
Houston Police officer John Obenhous is walking from car to car in a Kroger parking lot. He’s peaking inside the windows just like a thief might do. Next he fills out a little card based on what he sees:
"Whether your door is locked or unlocked, whether your window is open, packages in plain view and just any other thing that we may see. So it’s pretty self explanatory a little card that lets them know if their vehicle passes or fails."
Obenhous then puts the card on the vehicle’s windshield so that the driver will know if he or she is doing something that could make them a crime victim. The vehicle theft report card is part of a city wide effort on the part of local grocery stores and the police department to make the holidays safe and crime free. Martha Montalvo is with HPD.
"As the holiday season begins we have a tendency to have a lot on our minds. The sales — the great sales that are out there, searching for the perfect gifts, and we tend to forget the most important thing that should be on our mind and that is our safety. The bad guys are very aware of this and hope to make us their victim."
The stores taking part in the holiday safety campaign are Kroger, HEB, Walmart, Target, Randalls and Fiesta.
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