DATA: See crime trends in The Woodlands throughout the coronavirus outbreak in March-June

The Woodlands Township heard the second-quarter law enforcement update on July 22. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Woodlands Township heard the second-quarter law enforcement update on July 22. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Woodlands Township heard the second-quarter law enforcement update on July 22. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Calls to police and some reported crimes decreased in April during the height of the coronavirus shutdown in the region, but numbers began to climb again into June as the area reopened, said Tim Holifield, captain with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, in a report given July 22.

Holifield shared the second-quarter law enforcement reports for The Woodlands at the virtual board of directors meeting.

The Woodlands contracts with Montgomery and Harris counties for law enforcement services.

“Due to the stay-at-home orders and business closing, our call volumes have been down,” Holifield said.

In April, Holifield reported 10,813 calls for service, compared to 13,580 in March, 12,654 in May and 11,900 in June. Among major crime categories noted in the report, 221 were recorded in April, compared to 240 in March, 314 in May and 335 in June, according to the data.

The most reported crimes—aside from calls for information and miscellaneous criminal reports—is misdemeanor and felony theft, of which a total of 270 reports were recorded for the year to date at the end of June. During April, crimes in many categories decreased, but reports of family violence increased.

“Our calls for service are starting to increase as businesses start a fraction of opening,” Holifield said. “We’re starting to see a little more activity in the Town Center area, but by and large, calls are still down.”

Holifield said disturbances have also been on the rise this year.

“People are simply .. they have been locked up, quarantined and isolated, and many times their tempers flare, and they get into a disagreement,” he said.

Fraud incidents in which people receive phone call requests for their Social Security information are also on the rise, he said, as well as fraud related to peoples’ Social Security numbers being used for unemployment benefits scams.

Holifield also said four of his deputies are in quarantine, and three have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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