East End residents to benefit from bike police patrol
Houston, TX- Hundreds of bikers, hikers, senior citizens, and parents with their children walking to school will feel safer from the East End Bike Patrol. This new initiative launched in November is a partnership between The Greater East End Management District (GEEMD) and the Precinct 6 Constable’s Office. Three deputies based out of The GEEMD District’s office will start patrolling the East End Hike and Bike Trail on Harrisburg Boulevard.
The high visibility of law enforcement officers in the Second Ward is expected to deter crime; furthermore the deputies can report graffiti, litter, light malfunctions, and overgrown brush that might obscure vision along the trail. This real time reporting will mobilize the district’s litter and graffiti crews to follow up quickly and resolve these issues. The Bike Patrol is another of several public safety programs helping to keep crime rates low in the East End.
Another measure implemented by the District recently is the ”Lock-Take-Hide” sign initiative in commercial areas, reducing burglaries by encouraging motorists to protect the valuables in their vehicles.
Additionally, the District provides vehicle report cards to business owners to help monitor activity in parking lots and shopping centers. The East End Security Patrol, funded by the management district and its partners since 2001, provides 24-7 patrol coverage throughout the community, with three to five minute response time to calls for service.
The District’s graffiti abatement and dumpsite clean-up efforts also help provide a safe and attractive environment for businesses and residents, and encourage visitors to discover this close-to-downtown community.
For more than a decade the GEEMD has spearheaded crime reduction and beautification ventures for the East End.
About the Greater East End Management District
The Greater East End Management District was founded in 1999. Its mission is to revitalize the infrastructure and image of the District, to attract more businesses and to increase economic activity in the area. Improvements include new infrastructure, beautification, security , public safety, and workforce development.
The Greater East End Management District covers 16 square miles and borders Clinton Drive to the north, Loop 610 to the east, Telephone Road and Interstate 45 to the south and the Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad to Highway 59 to the west.
Visit www.greatereastend.com to learn more about the Greater East End Management District.