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 activity."

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).