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Forum to probe efforts to reduce crime

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Community Awareness Meeting at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hall on March 23 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Focus is on how to make crime less profitable in local communities and neighborhoods.

Three types of crime will be targeted: burglary, robbery and identity theft. These are property crimes but their impact can be staggering. Local perception is that with a spike in burglary that began in September escalating through December that locally Crosby was beginning to have a problem especially with car burglary and grand theft auto increased.

Sometime in November Crosby and Highlands had an increase in robberies begin. December throughout the Greater Houston Area saw excessive crime sprees, as always. When residents complained to the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber took action to host this event and board members began to actively promote it.

Property crimes are crimes of opportunity and when opportunity diminishes the criminals tend to move to more inviting environments. The idea is don’t go away mad, criminals, just go away.

March 23, community leaders, law enforcement and special guests will try to help focus on curbing local burglary, robbery and identity theft in our communities. Some solutions that will make it harder to do criminal business here and better ways to work together to make criminal business less profitable locally can be learned.

Thus far speakers are to include Welcome and Prayer by Dr. Larry Koslovsky, introduction and focus by Lewis Spearman, Velma Ellison on local development and concerns, Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton and his command staff on statistics and implications of local crime, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant Nathan Douglas of District 3 concerning Crime Prevention and Dan Webb, President Newport Property Owners Association and Security Director of Public Safety in Newport to speak of neighborhood crime interdiction and combatting identity theft.

It is important to keep in mind that this is not for the purpose of bemoaning the impact of crimes in the past. It is not to point fingers and complain that government has not stopped crime for us. It is to be the point at which local residents become tired of these crime and begin to act in concert to make crime more difficult to get away with and therefore less profitable locally.