Police suspect two Asian families robbed in their Sugar Land homes were targeted by criminals who believed cash receipts from businesses in southwest Houston were being stored in the houses.
o On July 26, at 10:45 p.m., Sugar Land police responded to a residential robbery in the 1100 block of Sugar Lakes. Four black males armed with handguns forced their way into the house through a rear door, tied up four adults and demanded money. The suspects searched the home and left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.
o On July 28, at 11 a.m., Sugar Land police responded to a residential robbery in the 2600 block of West Lake Drive in the Eldridge Lake subdivision. A mother and her three young children were at home when they heard a knock on the door. One of the children opened the door and two Hispanic males armed with handguns entered the home, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.
In both incidents, the families owned businesses in southwest Houston.
“The most effective means to deter this crime is to avoid storing large amounts of your personal money inside your home,” said Police Capt. Michelle Allen. “We suggest investing in a safe at your business, using an armored car service to pick up your deposits and renting a safety deposit box to store personal money. Banks do not look inside your safety deposit box. They are open only to you and whomever you designate. You do not want to risk the life of your family by storing large amounts of cash at your residence.”
Citizens should also consider the following safety tips:
o If someone feels like they’re being followed, do not drive home. Go to a safe place such as a police station, fire station business or other well lit, populated area.
o Call the police department immediately to report any suspicious activity.
o Do not open the door for strangers, even women. Educate children to never open the door for strangers.
Residents are encouraged to contact the Sugar Land Police Department and request a home security survey from a crime prevention officer. A police officer will schedule an appointment to evaluate a home’s security threats and provide safety tips intended to enhance safety.
For more information, contact the SLPD Crime Prevention Unit at (281) 275-2500.
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