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.