Public Safety Officers Roll Out Crime Prevention Initiatives
The Montrose Management District’s Public Safety Committee continues to work on several initiatives to ensure that the community maintains its reputation for being one of the safest in Houston. Graffiti abatement and reducing the number of car break-ins are two of the main areas of focus for the District and its public safety officers.
“If somebody has graffiti on their property or they can see it, they can call me or e-mail me or report it through the District’s web site – MontroseDistrict.olympus.primergrey.com,” said Josh Hawes, Director of Services. “We have a fast response time because they’re out there about twice a week. They paint match it and clean it up and you can’t even tell it’s happened.”
The graffiti abatement staff members always carry releases with them so property owners can give permission for access, Hawes said. Because juveniles are out of school in the summer months, that can be time when graffiti begins to blossom again, he added.
The Montrose Management District also has a contract with about two dozen off-duty HPD officers to maintain the security of the community. These officers use geographical information system (GIS) coordinates to keep track of crime statistics by property address and enable them to identify “hot spot” locations for crime. Mobile cameras deployed to these locations play “a great role in reducing crime in our neighborhoods and businesses,” according to HPD Chief Charles McClelland.
One of the more proactive crime prevention initiatives being employed is the reduction and prevention of car break-ins, and this takes some public education, Hawes said.
The Public Safety Committee meets the second Friday of every month at 9 a.m. at 4310 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006 and is open for public comment.