METRO And Southeast Community Rally Against Crime
December 13, 2005
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an involved neighborhood
to rid a transit center of crime.
This summer, with crime encroaching on the Southeast Transit Center, METRO
police instituted a campaign to reduce illegal activity around the facility by
increasing patrols and removing graffiti. The campaign worked, with the number
of arrests for some offenses nearly tripling from September to October.
This afternoon, METRO is inviting the local community to join local
government and law enforcement officials, to celebrate this success and
encourage ongoing neighborhood participation in the program.
The rally will be held at 4 p.m. at the Southeast Transit Center, 6000
Scottcrest, near Scott and Old Spanish Trail.
Minister Robert Muhammad of The Nation of Islam, Precinct 7 Constable Mae
Walker, HPD Captain Mark Fougerousse and Crime Stoppers Executive Director Kim
Ogg will also discuss the importance of citizen involvement in crime prevention.
Brochures on local crime prevention programs will be available.
"METRO is committed to making our system safe for passengers," said METRO
Chief of Police Tom Lambert. "The community's support can go a long way in
helping us do this. We want and encourage everyone to report suspicious
Lambert notes that METRO's Police Department has an officer assigned to Crime
Stoppers and offers rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects
committing crimes at METRO's facilities. Call METRO police at 713-224-COPS
(2677) or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).