Current and Ongoing Crime Trends reported Houston.
Parking lots of Apartments and area large Retail Outlets.
These parking lots are subject to Burglaries and Thefts from vehicles, the patrons or residents could be targeted for robberies as well. Prevention of the vehicle burglaries and other crimes can be greatly assisted by the removal and securing of such items as Laptop Computers, guns, G.P.S. systems and Camera's and Purses and luggage items which are targeted by criminals. Purses, brief cases and portable electronics should NEVER be left unattended in an area of public access.
Pigeon drops and other Confidence Games
Pigeon drops are a method of theft that relies on convincing persons they get something for nothing. The ploy usually runs along the lines of a person winning or having a large amount of money and being from a foreign land or just not trusting of banks. The crooks doing this get the target to demonstrate how their bank is trustworthy and allows them to HOLD the large amount of cash and pull some of their money out of the bank. A switch is made and the person¡¯s money is taken usually by a switch substituting cut paper or such for the real money they had shown the person to get them to pull money from their own account.
Brurglary of Apartments and Homes.
Day time hours from 8 am to 2 pm in the area homes and apartments, suspects usually are either from the area they target or have a connection there thru friends or family. Burglary Suspects break back or side windows to gain entry and take Laptops, Cameras and money and jewelry and/or guns. The suspects are usually out of High School but still in their late teens early twenties. They are often repeat offenders having been caught more than once in a given year.
Identity theft and credit card theft and use by criminals
Identity Theft and Capture and use of credit card information by use of SKIMMERS they are small electronic devices used to capture your credit or debit card data. They have been placed on ATM¡¯s, carried by waiters and other ways to capture your accounts and drain them. In the SW area we have had them attached to gas pump credit card readers where in a manner which allows them to gather your data and you cannot detect they are there as they are attached INSIDE the pump. Many Suspects are parts of groups that make duplicates of your cards and pass them around quickly. Or sell the cards and or the card numbers so they can be used across the world , quickly and simultaneously.
Monday¡¯s had the highest number of Burglary of Buildings citywide with a total of 18.08% between 1600 and 0500; Thursday¡¯s had the second highest Burglary of Buildings citywide with a total of 15.80% between 1500 and 0400. Entry has mostly been by breaking or forcing the front door. Electronics and Phone stores, Hair Products and human hair as well as drugs at small pharmacies are the highest type of business broken into. Suspects hit businesses closed at night or during weekends or holidays. Appliances and outside A/C units as well as copper wires and pipes are still a target as well.
¡° Slidders or Juggers ¡° They practice removing either purses or bank deposits from patrons of Banks, Gas Stations or Schools/daycares. They do this as people fuel their cars, stop while enroute from the bank or to the bank with deposits or dropping off kids at schools or daycares.