HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Police Department has one simple, yet poignant message for those planning on enjoying all of the fun and festivities the “All-Star Weekend”  will bring this weekend: “don’t be slam dunked by thieves”.

In a statement released by HPD on Tuesday, officials warn of the potential for crime in Houston over “All-Star Weekend.”

“The NBA All-Star Week will bring in many visitors to Houston. While this is a fun, family event, HPD reminds everyone to be alert and aware of surroundings due to the large crowds and gatherings. Keep a close watch on your valuables, purses, wallets and anyone trying to sell counterfeit NBA merchandise or tickets”, stated officials with HPD.

The police chief for the Houston Police Department states that “All-Star Weekend” can be a fun, safe and wonderful experience for all providing guests and residents of Houston are vigilant when it comes to crime: “It is a great event for our city and a time for a large portion of the nation to see how great Houston is.” Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. said in a statement. “From a public safety standpoint, we have been working very hard to ensure we have a great event and everyone is safe, Chief McClelland added.

Officials with HPD also added that officials will work in cooperation with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, “…ensuring the public enjoys the festivities in a safe environment, as well as DWI enforcement efforts.”

HPD also encourages folks to follow them on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to receive pertinent and updated information during “All-Star Weekend” and beyond.


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