Business owners in SE Houston community demanding help with burglaries

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON — Business owners in a stretch of southeast Houston demanded help from police during a heated meeting with activist Quanell X on Monday.

The merchants, who own businesses near the intersection of MLK and Southseas Street, said break-ins and burglaries in the area had gotten out of control.

“I don’t understand why this is happening,” said Lisa Randall, who owns a hair salon that was recently broken into. “These crimes keep happening and nothing is being done about it.”

Randall said following the break-in at her business, it took police several hours to respond.

Some of the crimes have been captured on video. Surveillance cameras recorded suspects in a recent smash and grab robbery at a nearby Cricket Store.

Officials with the Houston Police Department said that while there had been a recent uptick in burglaries in the area, the typical response time was about 33 minutes, which was also the average response time city-wide.

They said each of the crimes was being thoroughly investigated. But merchants planned to stage a town hall meeting at a local church next week.

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