UNET crime van needed at Minute Maid Park!

KTRK-13 reports that the UNET crime van is moving to a new neighborhood:

Houston police's mobile command unit has hit the streets again. It's the department's latest move to beef up its crime-fighting strength.

On Wednesday night, police parked their UNET vehicle on Bissonnet near Fondren in southwest Houston. UNET stands for Unified Neighborhood Enhancement Team and it's part of an initiative to provide a police presence in the city's most violent neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, KHOU-11 reports on a rash of crimes downtown:

Police say thieves are targeting cars parked in parking lots outside Minute Maid Park.

The problem is so bad undercover officers are on rooftops and on the ground near the lots. It was those plainclothes officers who spotted a man breaking into Dacy’s truck

Some fans are worried. “Oh yeah. I hear it all the time that cars are broken into,” said fan Patricia Sparks.

Police say they will continue their undercover sting operation around the park.

[snip]

Police arrested four people Tuesday night and another 10 last week during games.

While police say some cars are being stolen, many are burglaries where major damage is caused by a person stealing music CDs, change and clothing.

Since there apparently are not enough police officers to keep vehicles safe around the ballpark during games, maybe MayorWhiteChiefHurtt could redeploy the UNET crime van in one of the Astros parking lots and come up with a new acronym for the operation!

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 05/18/06 09:23 PM | Print |

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