Neighborhood Safety and Home Security

Aug. 24, 2017

Swift911 - Emergency Notification for West U

Swift911 - Emergency Notifications for the City of West University Place, Houston, TX

I have spoken before about the notification service that the City of West University Place offers free to all its residents.  Basically, this service is an electronic emergency warning system.  The advantage is that each household gets to choose which notification option is best for that family – ...

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Feb. 1, 2017

Swift911 Replaces CodeRed in West University Place

Swift911 Emergency Alert ServiceEffective 2/1/2017, the City of West University Place has a new emergency alert system called Swift911. This services replaces the earlier CodeRed system. Following the 2016 active shooter situation, the city received numerous complaints from residents who failed to receive timely warnings. The solution to this problem is the ...

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Nov. 15, 2016

Beware Fake Workers - Recent Scam in Harris County Precinct 1

Harris County Constable Aaron Rosen says there has been a rash of burglars masquerading as workers in Precinct 1.  Here's how it goes...

"Two or more men park their truck and come to your front door. They are dressed as construction workers, tree trimmers or other outdoor laborers. They ...

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Oct. 10, 2016

Safety in West University Place

Jewel ThiefIn June, the Wall Street Journal named West University Place as “the Richest Town in Texas”.  An upsurge in crime has since followed, including several aggravated assaults and an active shooter. Did this article make us a target?

Probably not. West U has long been known as well-heeled. I ...

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Sept. 26, 2016

CODERed - Emergencies in West University Place

Crime Scene processed, West U Shooting, 9-26-2016, Photo by Mark Mulligan / Houston ChronicleThis morning, West U had an active shooter at one of our local shopping centers. Thank goodness, those of us with the Code Red service received prompt warnings to shelter in place.

When danger threatens - whether it is a hurricane or another emergency - the residents of West University Place rely ...

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Sept. 12, 2016

ZIKA in Houston

Aedes Aegypti - the ZIKA mosquitoThe ZIKA virus – it’s on everyone’s mind these days.

Hallie Frazee, Harris County's Public Health Department's Communications Specialist, recently shared the latest updates on the Zika virus. She plans to speak to the West U Rotary later this fall.

There are three ways to be infected with ...

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July 12, 2016

Bellaire Officer Killed

Bellaire Police Logo, Bellaire, TXThe Bellaire Police Department mourns the tragic death of Motorcycle Officer Marco Zarate, who was killed in the line of duty this afternoon while he was in pursuit of two shoplifters fleeing Meyerland Plaza.  Officer Zarate responded to a call from Talbot's where the two suspects were using ...

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July 12, 2016

Safety and Security in Bellaire, TX

Bellaire Police Logo, Bellaire, TXConcerned about neighborhood safety and security? Attend the upcoming Bellaire Police Summer Meeting. 

Police Chief Byron Holloway will discuss Bellaire's crime statistics for the first half of 2016, with a focus on burglaries, robberies and assaults.  He will make suggestions for citizen home security, and discuss the operations ...

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May 9, 2016

A Healthy Home from New Living in Rice Village

Roger Martin Properties’ intrepid sales team recently visited Rice Village’s mecca of sustainability, New Living. This store promotes healthy and “green” lifestyles by improving indoor air quality. They carry products such as organic bedding, low-VOC paints, air filtration systems, water purifiers and furniture hand-made from re-claimed hardwoods.

“We didn’t set ...

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June 16, 2015

Code Red | Emergency Broadcasts for West University Place

Tropical Storm Bill threatens Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. NOAAWhen threatened by hurricanes or tropical storms like Bill, the residents of West University Place receive prompt emergency notices from our Code Red service. This free service is arguably one of the BEST benefits of living in our great neighborhood. You can choose to be notified by text, email or ...

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