The Harris County Sheriff's Office has just started a home security review program in the Champions and Copperfield subdivisions. As part of the program, deputies will come to your home and inspect it to determine if anything can be done to make it less attractive to potential thieves. The review is free.
During the checkup, deputies will point out deficiencies and recommend changes that can make your home safer. The program was started not because of an increase in crime, but because those who live in these neighborhoods asked authorities for assistance.
"If we can build a reputation of being a tough neighborhood on crime, they'll go somewhere else," said concerned homeowner Al Brooks.
Deputies say there are simple things anyone can do to make your home less inviting to crooks. They recommend three inch long screws in door jambs, making it more difficult for thieves to kick in. Security lights should be mounted up high, so crooks can't just reach up and unscrew the bulb.
"Let's try not to make your home a target for criminal element, because that's what they do for a living," said Deputy James Kershaw with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "They spend 24 hours a day trying to figure out how to defeat you."
To sign up for the program if you live in Champions or Copperfield, you can call HCSO Crime Prevention at 713-759-9454. Businesses which would like a safety/security evaluation through the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Office can call 281-401-6200.