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Perilous High Seas Work Prepared SEAL for Domestic Security

Perilous High Seas Work Prepared SEAL for Domestic Security

In 2009, Somali pirates took Captain Phillips and his crew hostage. In a crisis that gripped headline news and spawned a Hollywood movie, Phillips’ ship, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. It was one of 20,000 merchant ships sailing through a vital artery of world trade that opened into two million square miles of water comprised of the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. These acts of piracy posed…..Read More

Westchase District Businesses Use Best Practices to Reduce Crime Risk

Westchase District Businesses Use Best Practices to Reduce Crime Risk

As crime continues to inch upward in Houston, Westchase District is not immune from the problem. Westchase District’s Vice President of Public Safety Mark Hubenak meets daily with property owners and building managers to discuss their particular needs and make recommendations on how to get the most from their public safety efforts. Many properties employ security officers – either armed or unarmed personnel. “Whether you employ armed officers, unarmed officers, uniformed officers or plain-clothed officers,…..Read More

A Force Multiplier to Reduce Crime

A Force Multiplier to Reduce Crime

Criminal activity and public safety issues never take time off. Neither does Assistant Police Chief Ban Tien with the Houston Police Department. Chief Tien recently gave a 3 a.m. media briefing in the rain for an incident involving a distraught man allegedly threatening suicide. The crisis escalated with gunfire between the man and a responding officer. It’s a dangerous reality that situations can develop at any time and as an HPD senior leader, Tien thrusts…..Read More

Catalytic Converter Thefts on the Rise

Catalytic Converter Thefts on the Rise

Open your favorite news app or read the local newspaper and you’ll see plenty of news about catalytic converter thefts. An off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s deputy was killed recently as he attempted to intercede when he discovered thieves removing the catalytic converter on his personal vehicle while he and his wife were grocery shopping. Many of these thieves are targeting vehicle fleets and cars parked in office building parking garages or overnight at area hotels.…..Read More

Council Member Thomas Announces Increased Public Safety, Community Enhancements

Council Member Thomas Announces Increased Public Safety, Community Enhancements

City Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas is announcing several initiatives led by her office to increase safety and improve the quality of life for the residents of District F. These projects include a street light initiative for added lighting in dark  areas; a bus shelter program for added protection at METRO bus stops without coverings, and the installation of security cameras to capture surveillance in potentially dangerous areas. Council Member Thomas is inviting the District…..Read More

S.E.A.L. Sergeant Puts Safety in the Q

S.E.A.L. Sergeant Puts Safety in the Q

Making the community feel comfortable and safe If you thought Texas was just full of Texans or transplants from the West and Southwest, think again. S.E.A.L. Security Sergeant Jesus Quiñones hails from the Bronx, N.Y., where he grew up on 193rd Street, a block from Fordham University. The area was his home for 35 years. After working in New York City, Quiñones pursued work as an HVAC contractor in Flagler County in Florida. In need…..Read More

Guest Services Attendants Contribute to Positive Park Experience

Guest Services Attendants Contribute to Positive Park Experience

If you’ve visited Woodchase Park for any of the scheduled events since the park’s October opening, you’ve probably encountered one or more of our Guest Services Attendants (GSA). These newly-hired Westchase District employees are working to make sure guests enjoy their experience at the park. “Our new team members are all exceptional,” said Louis Jullien, parks programming director. “They not only help our programming partners set up their equipment and prepare for their activities, but…..Read More

HPD, Westchase District Team Up to Halt Illegal Truck Parking

HPD, Westchase District Team Up to Halt Illegal Truck Parking

It is illegal for 18-wheel tractor/trailers to park for more than two hours on any residential street in Houston. It is also illegal for the smaller “box” trucks to park for more than 24 hours on a city street. But if you’ve driven Meadowglen Lane, Elmside Drive or Seagler Road (among others), you know that illegal parking is a chronic problem that interferes with vehicular traffic and pedestrian safety. Westchase District is actively working to curtail…..Read More

Public Safety Director Loves Keeping People Safe

Public Safety Director Loves Keeping People Safe

The second time around for Mark Hubenak has been just as fun as his first tenure. In July, Hubenak rejoined Westchase District to resume his role as public safety director, a position he previously held between 2007 and 2017. During that period, Hubenak helped lead the District to numerous awards and recognition for its public safety programs. Hubenak is one of only three people to hold this position in the District’s history. At the Houstonian…..Read More

Westchase District Patrol Adds S.E.A.L to Public Safety Team

Westchase District Patrol Adds S.E.A.L to Public Safety Team

Westchase District Patrol has devised a new strategy to address the challenges and changes in public safety. The new strategy is driven by law enforcement staffing shortages that have been trending since 2018 and further complicated by COVID-19 disruptions to other labor workforces. In response, Westchase District Patrol has added S.E.A.L. Security to its patrol team. “Like our Houston Police Department officers, S.E.A.L. officers are professionally trained and experienced,” said Mark Hubenak, Westchase District’s public…..Read More

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