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HPD Storefront Services

Citizens On Patrol (“COP”)

Citizen patrol groups are designed to provide a means for citizens to organize into patrol groups for the purposes of reducing crime in their community. These programs have been successful nationwide. Essentially, a group of citizens usually associated with a particular civic group make scheduled patrols in their neighborhood and report any criminal or suspicious behavior back to a CB base manned by another neighbor. The base operator then calls in the incident to the police dispatcher. Citizens are not expected, nor encouraged to engage criminals in the act of a crime. Citizens who start a patrol receive training and equipment from the Houston Police Department.

Please contact Officer Brenda Morrison at the Storefront Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm, to schedule a presentation at your civic group meeting or to get more information forwarded to you.

Operation Identification

The goal of this program is to encourage and provide the the means for citizens to mark their property with an engraver. This makes the property less attractive to steal and more likely to be recovered after a theft. We loan out a set of engravers to each civic group who then distribute the engravers to the neighbors who want to use them. Already, two of Neartown's civic groups have utilized the engravers. We are hoping more groups and citizens will take the time to utilize this service.

Please contact Officer Brenda Morrison at the Storefront Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm, to schedule a presentation at your civic group meeting or to get more information forwarded to you.

Reduce Your Homeowner's Insurance Premiums!

Did you know that you as a homeowner could reduce your homeowner's insurance premiums just by complying with some very simple standards? A 5% reduction is available for security hardware provisions, a 15% insurance reduction is offered for those who meet the alarm requirements, and a 20% reduction is available for those who comply with both security hardware and alarm provisions. Homeowners who are interested may contact the Neartown Storefront at 713/284-8604 Monday thru Friday from 6am-2pm. Please schedule your Home Security Survey during the week of March 4-10.

H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft)

H.E.A.T. / Watch Your Car is a statewide vehicle registration program aimed at reducing auto theft during nighttime hours. Vehicle owners not normally using their vehicle between 1 am and 5 am sign an agreement allowing peace officers to verify ownership if the vehicle is observed being driven during H.E.A.T. hours. Owners may extend additional authority at the time of registration to have the vehicle stopped for verification 24 hours a day at the Texas-Mexico Border. Officers throughout the state have immediate access to H.E.A.T. data even if the decal has been removed. Registration is for a four-year period and there is no cost. You may sign up for this program 7 days a week between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm at the Neartown Storefront located at 802 Westheimer. For further information you may call the HPD Storefront at 713/284-8604.