The Houston Police Department reminds those attending the 2013 NBA All-Star Game events in downtown Houston to avoid becoming victims of thieves by practicing caution and awareness. 

The NBA All-Star Week will bring in many visitors to Houston.  While this is a fun, family event, HPD reminds everyone to be alert and aware of surroundings due to the large crowds and gatherings.  Keep a close watch on your valuables, purses, wallets and anyone trying to sell counterfeit NBA merchandise or tickets. 

HPD will have cooperation from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in ensuring the public enjoys the festivities in a safe environment, as well as DWI enforcement efforts. 

Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. said, “It is a great event for our city and a time for a large portion of the nation to see how great Houston is.”  Chief McClelland added, “From a public safety standpoint, we have been working very hard to ensure we have a great event and everyone is safe.” 

Also a reminder, social media is used as a tool to advertise events and there is a potential that some information being put out regarding those events may be erroneous. 

For more on personal safety tips reminders, got to the HPD website at