Crime is down in Kingwood, according to Officer Dwayne Ulrich of the Houston Police Department. Ulrich shared crime statistics for the month of June with the board members of the Kingwood Public Safety Committee at the monthly meeting July 9. “We’re very excited about the fact that burglaries of motor vehicles are down by 14 over the previous month,” said Ulrich. The HPD crime report for May showed 47 BMV’s with June’s total coming in at 33. Aggravated assaults were down by two over the previous month’s total of 11, with auto theft down by five over last month’s total of 10. “Only two categories of crimes were up for the month of June – theft and criminal mischief, which is what we expected for the summer,” said Ulrich. The June reports showed 43 thefts compared to 36 in May – criminal mischief incidents increased to 11 over last month’s total of 37. One incident of robbery was reported in Kingwood for May – no incidents were reported for June. Fire Chief D. Sherber, of the Houston Fire Department’s Station 101, was in attendance with several of his men, firefighters, EMS personnel and medics. “A nationwide problem exists in the unintended misuse of emergency services,” said Sherber. “A big, broad, gray line is drawn between what is an emergency and what is not. Some citizens have been known to call 911 for a twisted ankle for transport to the hospital. This can take EMS personnel away from life-threatening emergencies. Of course, we can’t define what is an emergency – if needed, we want to be there. I can’t draw that line.” An enormous collection problem exists in Houston, according to Sherber. Billing only occurs if a person is actually transported to the hospital and the collection rate is very low. The Kingwood Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the South Woodland Hills community room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive. The meeting is open to the public.

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