Residents march against crime

March 8, 2008 4:50:53 PM PST
People fed up with crime in one north Houston neighborhood are banding together to take a stand. They're marching through the streets hoping to keep criminals away. It was a slightly chilly morning, but...

"It's a beautiful day today," said Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino. "But I've seen it when it's raining and they're out here."

Every year, rain or shine, for more than a decade, this parade, proudly titled 'A March on Crime' winds it way around the near north side Houston neighborhood, not only to entertain, but also to warn anyone who would commit a crime here that residents and law officers are watching out for them. Just ask community organizer Armando Bermudez.

"We also have a lot of young kids that really like to come to this parade because they see what we're doing and how we fight crime," said Bermudez.

There is something special about this parade. There's no drive downtown to see it. For these residents, it's right outside their doors.

"You get to see so many people, your neighbors, and the floats and everything, and it's nice, you know," said resident Dolores DeLeon.

And knowing your neighbors is just one step of many to fighting crime.

"It's an ongoing challenge for us to fight crime, but we couldn't do it without the help of the people," said Trevino.

The parade is organized by the near north side B.O.N.D. civic organization. B.O.N.D. stands for "Blocks Organized on Neighborhood Defense."

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