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Folks on ND Heights are freaking out. Growing up here, I've seen this before unfortunatly. It didnt happen all of the time but as a young man I saw scenes like this before :(  We do need more police presence around here.

Do we even know what happened? Where it happened? Did it happen in the Heights? Did he get dumped there? I think we should let the investigators figure it out before we flip out. Crime in HOUSTON is pretty bad. Very sad. 

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Crime in all areas of Houston is not bad....The Heights is just getting worse and worse, and its reported more and more.  I have lived my entire life in Houston, and the ONLY time anything bad ever happened to me was while living in the Heights.  I had my garage broken into, and my truck was broken into several times...and I never once parked on the street...all my vehicle break ins were while out in the area...CVS, Kroger, and at a friends house on 21st.

 

I have spent plenty of time in Memorial, West U, Bellaire, Galleria, Pearland, and Friendswood  - and NONE of them have even a fraction of  the crime as the Heights...I think the Heights is down there in the same category as midtown, as in, just assume its not safe, and hope for the best.

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Is ND Heights a message board?

 

 

Crime in all areas of Houston is not bad....The Heights is just getting worse and worse, and its reported more and more.  I have lived my entire life in Houston, and the ONLY time anything bad ever happened to me was while living in the Heights.  I had my garage broken into, and my truck was broken into several times...and I never once parked on the street...all my vehicle break ins were while out in the area...CVS, Kroger, and at a friends house on 21st.

 

I have spent plenty of time in Memorial, West U, Bellaire, Galleria, Pearland, and Friendswood  - and NONE of them have even a fraction of  the crime as the Heights...I think the Heights is down there in the same category as midtown, as in, just assume its not safe, and hope for the best.

 

Crime has been a problem in the Heights for a long time, hasn't it?  When I lived there we were broken into twice, both times in broad daylight.  The second time they rammed the front door hard enough to break the frame, with the door still in it, right out of the wall.  

 

 

 

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Lots of petty thefts and break ins in the Heights yes. There has always been crime here and all over Houston. You just get more of it in your face because of social media. Theives are going to where the $$ is. Its not a small town folks. WE NEED MORE POLICE PRESENCE.

 

Memorial, West U, Bellaire, Galleria, Pearland, and Friendswood     uhm....OK

 

@Subdude   NextDoor Heights app. 

 

I mean, what do I know? Ive only been here for over 40 years. -_-  

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Crime in all areas of Houston is not bad....The Heights is just getting worse and worse, and its reported more and more. I have lived my entire life in Houston, and the ONLY time anything bad ever happened to me was while living in the Heights. I had my garage broken into, and my truck was broken into several times...and I never once parked on the street...all my vehicle break ins were while out in the area...CVS, Kroger, and at a friends house on 21st.

I have spent plenty of time in Memorial, West U, Bellaire, Galleria, Pearland, and Friendswood - and NONE of them have even a fraction of the crime as the Heights...I think the Heights is down there in the same category as midtown, as in, just assume its not safe, and hope for the best.

I read your post about crime in the Heights getting worse and worse and am troubled by it.

Each month ( first Tuesdays at 1600 State street) the Central one ( Montrose) and Central two (Heights) districts of HPD host the positive interaction police program=> PIP.

I have been attending these open meetings since 2005. I was really interested in crime stats within Montrose. The HPD Captain usually speaks at each meeting and a few times a year the Police Chief also speaks. There are booklets of previous months crime data listed by street address that are distributed.

Why I am troubled by your comment is that for the most part these meetings convey that overall crime has been going down. Violent crime down considerable. Car Burlgary is the most prevalent, going up one mOnth and decreasing the next and vice versa. So what's up with that? I'm not a resident of the Heights but rather Montrose. Are Heights residents observing a big uptick in crime?

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There has been a pretty good spike in vehicle B/E in the past two years in the Heights.  Most of the other major crime statistics in the Heights have been on the decline over the past few years and are actually very good for a major urban area.  The annual murder rate in the Heights is pretty much 1.  HPD views vehicle B/E as a preventable crime and is not going to take officers out of high crime areas to patrol the Heights to keep people from having their laptops stolen out of their cars. 
 

The fact of the matter is that the Heights is easy picking for criminals.  Alleys are great for breaking into garages.  There are a lot of vehicles parked in driveways and on the street.  It is very easy to get in and out of almost any section of the Heights because of the proximity of each section of the Heights to a major thoroughfare and highway. 

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There has been a pretty good spike in vehicle B/E in the past two years in the Heights.  Most of the other major crime statistics in the Heights have been on the decline over the past few years and are actually very good for a major urban area.  The annual murder rate in the Heights is pretty much 1.  HPD views vehicle B/E as a preventable crime and is not going to take officers out of high crime areas to patrol the Heights to keep people from having their laptops stolen out of their cars. 

 

The fact of the matter is that the Heights is easy picking for criminals.  Alleys are great for breaking into garages.  There are a lot of vehicles parked in driveways and on the street.  It is very easy to get in and out of almost any section of the Heights because of the proximity of each section of the Heights to a major thoroughfare and highway. 

 

Look at this, I agree with everything S3MH just said.  The heights is not nearly as dangerous as it once was, it is just petty crime, mostly cars, but there seems to be a recent increase in burglary as well... its quick smash and grabs in garages and houses too.  That is what happened to me....Crooks came in down the alley, jumped an 8' privacy fence into my back yard, kicked my door to the garage in, and made off with bicycles and tools...I was home and never heard it.

 

I think the reason the Heights is such an attractive target is the streets are in a perfect grid with multiple quick exits to multiple freeways...I mean a thief has any number of streets and alleys to use to get away and they all lead to a major artery (610, I-10, 45).

 

Add to this the fact that the demographics in the Heights means higher dollar electronics, jewlrey, etc and its the perfect place to hit.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/poqnzv2l7dmh1zx/HeightsCrimeStats_%20Jan-May_2010-2014.xlsx?dl=0

 

Someone on nextdoor pulled crime stats for the Heights.  We only have Jan to May for 2014, so they only compared the first five months of the year from the previous few years.  Generally, it shows a big spike in theft in 2013, but improving numbers in 2014 and a very good trend overall.  But there will always be more crime in the Heights than in other neighborhoods for the reasons I previously mentioned.  However, I do not think that the Heights is dangerous and do not think that we are in the middle of a crime wave.  

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Is ND Heights a message board?

 

 

 

It's called Next Door. It's more of a community Facebook. You won't be able to access ND Heights unless you live there or in a surrounding neighborhood, and you have to validate where you live.

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Criminals also know that breaking into a detached garage is "burglary of a building" while an attached garage could be "burglary of a habitation" and those two have significantly different punishments. 

 

I actually think the crime has gone down a good bit since i've lived here (6+ years).  A few years ago we had multiple armed robberies, car robbery, sexual assualts on the trails, and a someone even got shot in the face accross the street from me...

 

It seems like people on ND like to think crime has got soo much worse when they are the victim.  I'm not sure how much more police presence will help.. .there is a LOT of police presence on my street yet car breakins happen regularly.  I think more lighting would definitely be a good thing though.

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The vast majority of crime in The Heights and Montrose seems to be property crime. People breaking into cars, stealing bikes, stealing stuff from garages, the Heights pooper (lol), stuff like that. The most serious rash I saw of crime in The Heights in recent memory was the arsonist.

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Pfftt. Worse thing I ever saw in the Heights was a patron from the beer joint peddling down 26th street, a white Ford truck with a camper pull up even to him, pulled out a gun and shot him in the face. He fell dead in our driveway.

Next worse was the guy running up on the porch of 638 E. 26th, banging on the door at 3 in the morning, and another guy walking up on the porch and sticking a knife in the first guy. He died on the porch.

I can't tell you how many nights occurred where there was a spray of automatic gunfire that rang through the night, or police chases that ran through Sunset Heights back then. Just too many to count. You think crime is bad there now, you should've witnessed what the Heights was like 30-40 years ago, when just walking down North Main at night was an adventure all to itself.

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The vast majority of crime in The Heights and Montrose seems to be property crime. People breaking into cars, stealing bikes, stealing stuff from garages, the Heights pooper (lol), stuff like that. The most serious rash I saw of crime in The Heights in recent memory was the arsonist.

I have to say that in Montrose Burglary of Motor vehicle is #1 crime-- Avondale is close to HPD storefront many times ( maybe just to prove their point- but also I'm sure because many cars are in our neighborhood because of the restaurants and bars) the officers walk our neighborhood and put "report" cards on windshield on whether you have passed or failed as a candidate for BMV-- The report back from HPD is always that more cars fail. Mainly because cell phones or laptops or whatever is left visible in cars but many cars are left unlocked---- this is after Avondale papers our neighborhood with warnings about type of thing. So I'm at a loss to know what to say. BMV keeps going up.

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Walking North Main at night could still be an adventure... I had a shotgun pulled on me just off of main not too long ago while longboarding on the street (i was on the street but the "thug" thought we were infringing on his "territory")

I live on North Main... where did this occur?

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I pass by the corner of Heights/I-10 at approx. midnight five nights a week.  There are usually a number of homeless people gathered at the seating area in the esplanade.  They also walk about in the street with seemingly no regard for traffic.  It will be interesting to learn more about this incident.

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Didnt his mom live here next to Helms Elem and dad in Pasedena? I forgot about all of that. We moved here around 74. There was also 2 other killers in this area. I want to say that Henry Lucas guy was also thought to have killed a girl in 1st Ward.....which is now the 'Arts District'. Then there was that guy that buried a woman along the bayou near Stude Park. He lived in the SkyLine Apartments that are now torn down. 

 

Does anyone else remember this?

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Do some homework.

Mother had a candy factory next to Helms EL & & "He" lived in many locales in the Heights.

 

May be true but the Candy Man that all us Houstonians remember was from Pasadena, and he poisoned his son with a candy Pixie Stix, ruining Halloween around here for decades.

The media may have tried to give Dean Corll the Candy Man name during the Elmer Wayne Hendley Jr. trail, I presume to make the story sound more salacious, but all of us know that the real Candy Man was already locked away.

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I pass by the corner of Heights/I-10 at approx. midnight five nights a week. There are usually a number of homeless people gathered at the seating area in the esplanade. They also walk about in the street with seemingly no regard for traffic. It will be interesting to learn more about this incident.

There's supposedly a homeless camp in the wooded areas north of Patterson and Interstate 10. I wouldn't be surprised if it was connected somehow.

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