The police department’s Southeast Patrol Division teamed up with community members to bowl over crime in Houston.
The March 28 event was part of the divisions 2nd annual Safety Bowl and took place at Armadilla Lanes bowling alley on Fuqua. Officers use the friendly environment to give crime prevention tips and information in a unique setting. While some officers and residents were inside the bowling alley, other officers were outside distributing “Burglary of Motor Vehicle” (BMV) report cards in the parking lot. The officers looked for unlocked cars, windows that were left cracked or rolled down, and personal belongings left visible. Cars were graded based on these factors, all of which could entice thieves to break into them.
We talk to the residents throughout the year, but we seem to have a problem with burglary of motor vehicles,” HPD Officer Trenesia Harris said. “We want them to be aware this is what a criminal would see in the vehicles and perhaps break in because of it,” she said.
While it may be an unconventional way to spread the word, residents seem to enjoy it.
“It is beautiful that citizens in the community can have the relationship with the police department that we have in Sunnyside,” said Sunnyside Civic Club Member John Jackson. “We just enjoy the police department and the way they work with us and we work with them,” he added.
The relationship is one that is cultivated throughout the year, a statement from the department said.
“We’re here,” Officer Harris added. “We’re trying to work as a team to get it done.”
Click below to see video and photos of the event.