Gang Crack-Down Puts Pressure on Apartment Complexes
by: Capella Tucker, September 6, 2007 5:09:00 am
The law enforcement agencies began the crack-down four weeks ago. In that time they say crime in the neighborhood has dropped nearly 12 percent and calls for service have dropped 16 percent. Houston Police Incident Commander Randy Ellen says the crack-down also targeted run-down apartment complexes and one closed as a result of the initiative.
"It's shut down because it was uninhabitable, number one, but yes there was some crime going on here. The property wasn't being managed as best as it could be and for the safety of the folks who lived here and in the surrounding area the place was shut down."
Officials are going after troubled apartment complexes for code violations. The message is either get fixed up or go out of business. Sixty officers were dedicated to the initiative and they hope to duplicate the effort in other parts of the city. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.