Starting the week of Christmas and throughout the New Year, Harris County
Constable Mark Herman’s office will initiate phase 2 of the 2016 Holiday Patrol Initiative.
During the week of Christmas, the Precinct 4 Constables office will add more patrol deputies on the streets within communities, as well as, retail shopping areas. Crime trends in past years indicate an increase in property crimes during this time period.
Holiday Safety Tips :
· If shopping, if possible, shop in groups, safety in numbers.
· Walk with a purpose and be aware of your surroundings.
· When walking to your vehicle, have your keys in your hand, and scan the interior of your vehicle before entering.
· If you are alone, and feel uncomfortable about walking to your vehicle, request that store security escort you to your vehicle.
· Try to avoid carrying a purse, and if you do keep it close to your body. Should someone grab your purse do not resist, your safety is worth more than the contents of the purse.
· Do not leave valuables and packages in open view inside your vehicle. This is an invitation for thieves.
Constable Mark Herman said, “By putting more law enforcement boots on the ground, we will be able to take a proactive approach in fighting crime”. “Deputies will be seeking out the criminal element to protect our citizens”.
Also, during this same time frame, the Constables office will be adding additional patrol deputies to focus on an “Impaired Driver Enforcement Initiative. Deputies will be targeting persons operating motor vehicles while impaired. This part of the initiative has been funded by the Texas Department of Transportation through a grant funded to the Constables office. The Impaired Driver Initiative will run through New Year’s Day.
Constable Mark Herman said ” Do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if you are impaired. Call a taxi or have a designated driver”.