Mayor Annise Parker and Chief Charles McClelland announce this year's March on Crime will focus on human trafficking, robberies, car burglaries and pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The City of Houston has proclaimed March a crime awareness month. Like every year this month, police focus on a few crimes that have been trending for the past year.
It’s called “March on Crime” and aims to remind the public to stay vigilant in order to prevent crime.
Mayor Annise Parker says police officers will reach out to businesses and community organizations throughout the month.
“Crime prevention is something that must begin not with the police department, but must begin with individuals making the correct decisions, individuals working together with their neighbors to look out for each other and to provide for public safety and then individuals and organizations working with the Houston Police Department.”
During this year’s March on Crime, HPD will focus on human trafficking, robberies, car burglaries and pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Chief Charles McClelland says his department has put specific crime strategies in place to address those four areas.
“We have a new squad in our vice division that’s dedicated solely for the purpose of human trafficking. We have put new traffic enforcement strategies in place to address pedestrian/bicycle safety. We actually have crime strategies to try to prevent robberies along with burglaries of motor vehicles.”
This is the 30th year for the March on Crime. It began in high crime neighborhoods but expanded to the whole city in 1991.