METRO Police Transit Watch
METRO Police. Working to promote a safer community.
The METRO Police Department recognizes the importance of
volunteers and the valuable contributions they provide to the
community. And when residents and local business owners work together,
the result is a highly effective first line of defense against
unlawful activity. It’s a fact: your efforts will go a long way toward
enhancing the safety and security of your Transit Centers, Park &
Ride lots and the overall community.
Ways to keep your community safe.
Crime proofing your neighborhood
greatly reduces the likelihood of you or a loved one becoming a crime
statistic. Here are some simple ways to make your neighborhood less
inviting to crime:
- Stolen vehicles are often abandoned in residential
neighborhoods. Report abandoned vehicles to the Harris County
Sheriff’s Department at 713-221-6000.
- Report graffiti immediately. If left in place, graffiti will
quickly spread and multiply. Report any graffiti you see to the
Houston Graffiti Hotline at 713-437-6833.
- Work with your neighbors and local businesses to get
involved with the Sheriff’s department, government agencies and with
local elected officials to get any dangerous conditions in your
- Get to know your neighbors. Together, you can form a very
strong crime fighting information network that can help identify
problems before they get started.
- Make sure your home and the street you live on are
well-lighted. Ensure that your children have constructive ways to
spend their time after school and during the summer months.
- Use common sense. Many burglaries and auto thefts are
committed by criminals accessing unlocked doors. Always lock your
house when you are away as well as your vehicle. Also, leave the
exterior lights of your home on at night.
Remember: If you see something, say something.
If you see anything suspicious or witness an unlawful activity
at a METRO Transit Center or Park & Ride lot, please inform your
bus or train Operator immediately or call METRO Police at 713-224-COPS
Safety Starts with You.
In today’s world, protecting one’s personal safety has never
been more important. No matter who you are or what you do, vigilance
is the key to staying safe. It doesn't matter if you’re traveling the
world or just biking around the block, knowing what to look for and
how to handle the situation could help eliminate a potential threat,
before it occurs.
Be alert to your surroundings.
In the event you encounter a suspicious package or individual,
the recommended course of action is to contact the nearest METRO
Police Officer or transit employee immediately. When reporting a package
always leave the area first, before attempting to make any calls.
Remember, it is important to report all suspicious or unlawful
activity at your neighborhood bus stop, bus shelter, Transit Center
or Park & Ride to the METRO Police Department at (713) 224-2677
Get involved with your community.
With nearly 10,000 bus stops in the Houston area, of which 2,008
have bus passenger shelters, it is difficult to keep all of our stops
clean. However, you can make a difference by giving back to the
community through the Adopt-a-Stop and Adopt-a-Shelter programs.
Under these programs, METRO will provide trash receptacles and
trash bags at a particular bus stop or shelter at the request of the
individual sponsor or organization. METRO will then schedule to pick
up the trash at your neighborhood bus stop or shelter twice a week as
well as power-wash the shelters once a month. In return, participants
of the Adopt-a-Stop or Adopt-a-Shelter program volunteer to pick up
extra trash and litter between METRO’s regularly scheduled trash
collections. Adopters also have the option to make general improvements
to the grounds around the stop or shelter.
Once you have adopted a bus stop or shelter, you become the eyes
and ears for your neighborhood. If you encounter any suspicious
individuals or activity near your bus stop or shelter, never take the
law into your own hands. Call METRO Police at the first sign of trouble
at 713-224-2677 (COPS).
Help secure your neighborhood today by calling 713-658-0180 to Adopt-a-Stop or Adopt-a-Shelter.
Be informed with what’s happening in your neighborhood. METRO
Police patrol area streets and roadways, including METRO's HOV
network, bus stops and shelters, Park & Ride lots and Transit
Centers. Uniformed and plain-clothed officers ride our buses and rail
cars to monitor and prevent potential criminal activity throughout the
transit system. But we cannot do it alone. METRO Police works with
various communities within our service area to promote safety
awareness through school presentations and community activities.
Together we can work to protect our community and keep our streets and
A great way to keep up with community news and happenings is to
communicate regularly with your school systems, churches, civic clubs
and most importantly – your neighbors. When you see or hear of
something suspicious in your neighborhood, spread the word throughout
the community. A strong network helps keep everyone prepared, and
reduces the likelihood of criminal activity affecting you or your
Be prepared with emergency contact information and phone numbers.
No one can predict when a disaster will strike.
Do your part by being prepared for an emergency before it arrives.
Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with friends and
family members. Keep a written record of all contact and emergency
information, update it regularly and keep it with you.
If a disaster hits your home, select a predetermined
location outside your home where your family can meet in case of an
evacuation. If forced to evacuate the area, identify alternate routes
and means of reaching your meeting point in the event your main route
is blocked. It helps to have a local map handy for quick reference.
Numbers to Remember
METRO Police Dispatch
Cell phone (Non-Emergency)
Mayor's Anti-Gang Office (Houston)
Graffiti Reporting Hotline (Houston)
Harris County Sheriff’s Department
Harris County Constable, Precinct
Houston Police (Non-Emergency)
METRO Motorist Assistance Program
Houston Service HelpLine