Cops Set Up Mobile Shop on East Freeway

Houston police officers are manning a mobile station along the East Freeway in an area that's seen an increase in crime. As Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports the program is part of the "Keep Houston Safe" initiative to reduce crime along the 1-10 east corridor.

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In a hospital parking lot along the East Freeway a few miles outside the East Belt, two Houston police officers are set up beside HPD's Mobile Community Outreach Police Station. It's a vehicle that was paid for through the U.S. Attorney's Office and money from the Weed and Seed program. This is officer Chris Aranda.

"We're out here to serve the community and this MCOPS is available for anybody in the area and it's mobile so we'll be going from place to place to put out the word about Keep Houston Safe."

Authorities have seen a spike in car break-ins and stolen vehicles along the East Freeway and are using the Mobile Community Outreach Station as a way of teaching area business owners and residents how to avoid crime. 

"If you leave valuables in your car, take them with you. If you're going to leave them in the car, take them and hide them under the seats or glove box where it's out of view. That way if a burglar or a thief comes along and doesn't see anything in your car, he's going to hopefully bypass your car and not break your windows and rummage through your stuff."

Buddy James lives in a nearby neighborhood and had his car broken into about 8 months ago. He says it's good to see an increased law enforcement presence.

"This is a big change because you've got people that don't know what to do and with these officers out here teaching them, then that's going to give the whole neighborhood a perspective of what to do and call 911. Don't be afraid to. A lot of people over there are afraid to over there in my neighborhood. Crime has dropped. The problem is these little gangsters at night think they can run around at night and do what they want. That's the main problem, breaking into cars." 

Authorities say they hope to reduce crime along the corridor by about at least 10 to 20 percent.

 

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...