Harvey victims fighting looters with private safety checkpoint in west Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 5 said a neighborhood checkpoint needs to be moved off the public road and onto private property.

The Ethan Glen's Homeowners Association established it following Hurricane Harvey, just south of Litchfield Lane and Memorial Drive. Chip Smith with the association told us it's temporary until repairs can be made to safeguard people's belongings.

"With the situation of open homes, the board decided to include this checkpoint for security," said Smith. "They just ask who are you visiting and why are you here. If someone doesn't stop, we can hardly keep them from stopping. It's just a courtesy check."

Smith said they started receiving complaints from a nearby new development called Memorial Green.

Eyewitness News reached out their developer for comment. Midway released the following statement but didn't answer any follow up questions about their next course of action:

"We wholeheartedly seek to cooperate with adjacent property owners, and Midway has worked diligently to be a good neighbor. With homes still under construction, and current and prospective homeowners and builders visiting our property, we need to provide reasonable access to the public street for entry and exit of all community members. We look forward to resolving this issue constructively."

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