A new, innovative and proactive initiative with a primary focus aimed at reducing and preventing specific crimes in communities throughout Harris County has yielded positive results in the past few weeks; that’s according to Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.
The Crime Victim Reduction Initiative which began in September in all five of the HCSO’s patrol districts, couples resources from the Patrol, Investigative, and Community Services Bureau with community involvement.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office outlines the details of the new initiative: “Part of the initiative includes deputies, along with Harris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers and alumni of the HCSO’s Citizens Police Academy, distributing crime prevention flyers, door hangers, and home safety ‘report cards’ to residents.”
Sheriff Adrian Garcia says that with a primary focus placed upon proactive approaches to eradicating crime, success with the initiative will continue. He also said that the initiative is meeting a need and concern about crime that was voiced from Harris County residents: “This initiative is in response to some of the concerns I’ve been hearing from our citizens at our various town hall meetings,” said Sheriff Garcia. “Our responses are based on those concerns, crime analysis and intelligence gathering.”
Below are results from the first three weeks of the initiative which reflect a decrease in crimes by as much as 43% percent in some areas, as provided by the HCSO:
1. More than 1,200 citations have been issued.
2. Over 270 arrests have been made, including the arrest of 3 burglary suspects who were linked to two additional burglaries.
3. Crime Prevention deputies have met with nearly 100 business owners and provided them with crime prevention tips. They’ve also issued more than 600 vehicle report cards in business parking lots and attended community meetings and home owners’ association meetings to provide crime prevention information.
4. The HCSO Explorers have been handing out crime prevention information to citizens in the initiative areas.
According to the HCSO, those Harris County Sheriff’s deputies who choose to take part in the initiative are paid voluntary overtime from monies seized from criminal enterprises.
Cicely C. Mitchell/ CBS Radio Houston