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Crime Stoppers in Action – November

Did you know that according to the National Education Association, on any given day, nearly 160,000 children in the U.S. miss school due to a fear of being bullied?

We at Crime Stoppers take bullying prevention serious and focused November’s outreach efforts to increase awareness and educate Houston’s community at large about bullying.In partnership with Nan & Company Properties and Lights Camera Action we kicked off the month with an informative and engaging ‘Say No to Bullies’ Luncheon with a brilliant panel: Susan Shaw, Anti-Defamation League, Dr. Lauren Goonan, Head of HISD Psychological Services, Anthony Valle, Houston Police Department, and Michelle Sacks, Crime Stoppers Safe School Manager (click on the picture on the right to watch the video). We then followed up on that important topic with an interviews on Mega 101 and KPRC 2. Invited as a guest speaker at the Houston Police Department Youth Police Advisory Council meeting, we made a clear stand against bullying.

Later in the month, Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious met with Mayor Annise Parker and spoke to the Houston City Council about the work of Crime Stoppers; she presented to the National Charity League – Heart of Texas Chapter about crime trends and prevention tips and joined the discussion at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Houston Alumnae Association about how to keep Houston safe. We also met with the Chinese Community for the AARP Fraud Prevention Workshop to educate on protecting yourself from identity theft, had the pleasure of joining our friends from the Houston Business Journal at the 2015 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and participated in the Plan Houston meeting.

Last but not least, we visited with Freddy Cruz at 104.1 KRBE, our long time media partner, to talk about our mission programs and crime prevention efforts. In case you missed the interview click on the picture on the right. Rania also shared her reflections on the aftermath of the Paris attacks “Terrorism, Thanksgiving and a Promise for Tomorrow” in The Buzz Magazine (read full article here).

During the month of November, the Crime Stoppers of Houston Tip Line:
  • Received 522 tips
    • 13 tips – Solved felony cases
    • 39 tips – Executed felony warrants
  • Arrested 32 suspects
  • Solved/executed 52 cases
  • Cleared 40 offense reports
  • Paid 33 anonymous informants

Below are two of the cases solved by Crime Stoppers in November:On Wednesday, November 11, our law enforcement partners arrested a violent fugitive wanted for an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon just 5 short hours (that’s right… only 5 hours!) after a Crime Stoppers of Houston press conference had announced an increased reward for information leading to arrest. This horrible crime was among a string of violent crimes across the north side of town and got solved thanks to a Crime Stoppers anonymous tip.

About a week later, on November 20, a Crime Stoppers tip helped the police to capture the third teen who had escaped from a juvenile detention center in Houston the weekend before and was wanted on two charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

During the month of November, the Crime Stoppers of Houston:
  • Solved 1 school – based case
  • Held 34 Safe School presentations
    • Trained 4,735 students
    • Reached 202 teachers/law enforcement members
    • Reached 140 parents

We love seeing the support from the students we serve every day!  Check out these posters from students at Alexander-Smith Academy – they are helping keep their campus SAFE!

A sweet thank you from a student we recently presented to. In the last three months alone, we’ve reached over 14,000 students through our Safe School Program (SSP).

To have Crime Stoppers of Houston visit your school for a free safety program, contact Michelle Sacks at 832-849-1585 or msacks@crime-stoppers.org.

Posted by Crime Stoppers of Houston on 17 Dec 2015