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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Crime in Sugar Land

We got an interesting e-mail from a resident of Covington Woods in Sugar Land last week. The writer claimed the family’s car had been burglarized; the police were less than helpful and a promised “close watch” on the property never materialized.

“We have noticed the spike in crime recently in Sugar Land, and we take every precaution to protect our property. I have often seen young thugs roaming the streets at night. There is neighborhood fights often.”

According to the crime reports posted on Sugar Land Police Department’s website there is no spike in crime and apparently no fights in the neighborhood where this lady lives. In two months, there were only three vehicle burglaries in that area, including the one mentioned by the writer.

“This past weekend our car was broken into. The way the vehicle was broken into was a professional job, but the officer called out to our home showed little interest in the incident. The person whom broke into our car stole an expensive TV and they took the time to unscrew the bright lights that shine on our drive way. The officer called out to our home in regards to the burglary promised my husband extra patrol would patrol the area.”

Remember this writer says she takes “precautions to protect our property” but left “an expensive TV” in a vehicle. Not good crime prevention!

“Since the incident I have not seen one police officer’s presence in my neighborhood. I am starting to feel unsafe in my own home. I called The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office yesterday to ask for extra patrol on my street since my husband is out of town; and their phone operator interrupted me several times rudely. She kept repeating, “All of Fort Bend is patrolled”. She did not care what street I was on or area I live in. “

Covington Woods in Sugar Land is not in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. The resident should have followed up with SLPD. And, not seeing a patrol car when you peak out the window or are outside watering the grass does not mean an officer isn’t in the area or, in fact, may have just cruised down the street prior to walking out the door or looking out the window.

Unlike CSI on television, real police do not assign a whole squad to exclusively solve a crime in less than an hour, commercial time included.

I spoke with the Fort Bend Star crime reporter, who has far more knowledge of what is going on in our communities as far as crime rates, arrests etc. She said Sugar Land police are doing a good job of keeping burglary rates down, patrolling the neighborhoods and recently put a halt to a lot of the car burglary problems with arrests of some of those suspected of committing the crimes.

I lived in Sugar Land for nearly 30 years and always found the city officials and the police to be highly professional and very concerned about the citizens who live there. Our daughter owns a home near where the writer lives and says she feels “safer than I probably would somewhere besides Sugar Land.”

Summer months always bring an increase in vehicular burglaries, residential burglaries and crimes such as theft.

Sugar Land Police have a nifty tool on their official website that gives residents and nosey reporters a pretty accurate look at crime trends for any given portion of the city.

The reports on the website are much different than the impression given by the resident/victim.

When you become a victim of crime it is unnerving and you feel vulnerable. Apparently our letter writer is feeling that way and wants something done to prevent her from being a victim again.

At least we were able to verify that the burglary did happen and the neighborhood looks pretty darn safe, all things considered.

We get letters from irate citizens all the time. Some do indeed call for a good news story.

This one does not.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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