Houston and Harris County Crime: Judge Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Sylvester Turner to discuss prevention plans

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Houston and Harris County leaders are sharing their plans to tackle the dramatic rise in crime.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will speak at 1 p.m. ABC13 will live stream his briefing in the video player above.

Wednesday morning, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo joined Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to reveal the details of their “Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods” program. The program targets old, abandoned buildings and dark streets, with the hope of making improvements to deter crime.

Specifically, Hidalgo gave an area in northern Harris County where violent and deadly crimes occurred in the half-mile area around 900 Cypress Station Drive.

In October 2021, 13 Investigators analyzed more than 210,000 incidents reported to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since 2019 that found the Cypress Station area to have the most crime in the county. That does not include crimes reported to the Houston Police Department, which 13 Coroners analyzed the previous year, or other law enforcement agencies serving the county.

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Within two hours there were three different shootings and one person was killed.

The first shooting happened at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday on Harwin and Fondren, where a man was shot in the neck. It is believed that the shooting started as an argument. One person has been hospitalized, and the suspect is on the run.

Minutes later, at 11:30 p.m., police said someone was robbed and shot in front of an apartment complex in Lansdale and W. Sam Houston Parkway. The injured person was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and the suspect also absconded.

Then at 1 a.m. east of Houston, The body of a woman who was shot in the chest has been found on Nimitz and Evanston. Authorities are investigating her death.

ABC13 has also learned that the number of weapons on the streets of our area is very high.
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As of 2019, the total number of guns received by the Houston Forensic Science Center from HPD is increasing. On average, weapons technicians are handling about 500 weapons per month. The highest number was 683 in March last year.

Last week after three Houston police officers were shot, Turner said the plan would be revealed about what leaders plan to do to curb crime. He will be joined by HPD Director Troy Finner to discuss that.

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