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Crime in Houston: City leaders unveil billboard in hopes of reducing crime in Sunnyside and other boroughs

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A new billboard targeting criminals is installed along the South Loop. City leaders unveiled the billboard in hopes it would reduce crime in Sunnyside and other parts of the city.

“Crime must not hide in Sunnyside,” reads the sign.

The people who live there want to see their neighborhood flipped.

“It’s actually getting worse,” said Pastor James Nash, who preaches at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

Nash grew up in Sunnyside and came up with the idea.

“It takes all of us,” Nash said. “They say it takes a whole village. We pastors who are in the area have to get involved.”

City leaders say the billboard is just a start. It will also take the community and police to unite to make a difference.

The Houston Police Department steps in to help.

“As police officers, we’re taking that extra step,” said HPD officer Mike Collins. “We reach out to citizens in the community because if there is distrust, we cannot solve the problems that plague our community.”

Collins said HPD plans to be more proactive.

“Involving children from a young age and building that bond of trust within the community is imperative and critical,” Collins said.

For crimes such as homicides, burglaries and drug offenses, Sunnyside has one of the highest rates compared to other parts of the city.

Police say other strategies are in place.

“Using officers out of uniform, using undercover officers to coordinate their actions with designated patrol units,” Collins said.

City leaders say one in 11 people is a victim of crime in Sunnyside. Nash says the work doesn’t stop with the billboard.

“It’s time for the community to reach out and do things for themselves,” Nash said. “Too often we turn to the police. The police cannot do this alone.”

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