Crime has dropped almost 30 percent overall in Denver Harbor after a two-month Houston police overtime program that sent seven additional patrol officers to the area, authorities said today.
The largest decline was a 50 percent reduction in home burglaries in that east Houston neighborhood during the first two months of 2008, compared with the same period last year, officials said.
Aggravated assaults and car burglaries also saw significant drops — 23 percent and 27 percent, respectively, police said.
The actual crime numbers accounting for the reductions were not immediately available.
HPD officials said the goal of the pilot program, which has mirrored others in Houston as part of Chief Harold Hurtt’s “Keep Houston Safe” campaign, was to reduce crime by 10 percent in Denver Harbor.
“It’s been a resounding success,” said Lt. Duke Atkins Jr. “It’s resulted in a closer relationship with the community.”
The only blemish, HPD officials said, was a 1 percent increase in robberies. “Basically, it (robberies) stayed the same. We’re working on that issue,” said Executive Assistant Chief Mike Thaler.
Note: Attending the event were Council members Adrian Garcia, Melissa Noriega and James Rodriguez!