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Houston to highlight crime-fighting initiatives with 'March on Crime'

"Let's do all we can to make this city safer tomorrow than what it is today," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The City of Houston is planning another “March on Crime.” But no one will be taking to the streets.

HPD and others are using the month of March to highlight crime-fighting initiatives.

“My purse got stolen out of a car,” said crime victim Aminac Sarumi. “With my laptop and all of my stuff.”

We randomly approached several people like Sarumi on the street.

Almost everyone had a crime story.

“I purchased gold coins and tried to sell them online and the person didn’t pay,” said Faye Bentosme.

Everyone believed a month-long awareness campaign focused on reducing crime cannot hurt.

“Let’s do all we can to make this city safer tomorrow than what it is today,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

This year’s “March on Crime” is focused on four topics:

  • Ensuring that bonds are based on risk rather than one’s ability to pay.
  • Better utilization of HPD’s under-staffed force.
  • Treatment for certain non-violent offenders in lieu of jail time.
  • Violent crime prevention.

The first “March on Crime” started back in the 1980s as a way to build relationships between people and police.

That’s something HPD Chief Art Acevedo says remains crucial.

“Please know you will be taken seriously, please know we care, please know we want to know when you’re a victim of a crime,” said Acevedo.

“Maybe it will help someone else or prevent someone else from being a victim,” said Bentosme.

HPD says it’s already gaining ground on reducing violent crime.

Homicides were down 11% in 2017 and 16% so far this year.

Click here to learn more about “March on Crime:” http://www.houstontx.gov/police/moc/

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