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At the Aug. 14 meeting of the Kingwood Service Association’s Public Safety Committee, the committee proposed ways to keep children and community members safe.

“As parents and members, we need to be aware of the phone apps our kids are installing on their phones and who they are conversing with online. This will aid in keeping children safe in ways they may be immune to or unaware of the dangers that lurk. People target the innocence of children in ways that we do not often expect, especially as the new school year commences,” Officer Daniel Von Quintus said.

While 2019 saw a decrease in overall crime over past years, it is wise to be vigilant and report all activities, he said.

Von Quintus added, “Sometimes minor crimes go unreported because as citizens we think that the offenders only stole a few cents and the car was unlocked; however, modern technology such as a phone recording or the Ring could link a suspect to a range of crimes and deter future criminal activities.”

Sex offender stats were made available to all committee members and attendees by zip code and crime statistics were distributed by month and year for all major and minor crime categories, such as assault, rape, robbery, fraud and more.

Clarissa Perez of City of Houston Councilmember Dave Martin’s office spoke about the $47 million FEMA construction project extending over 36 months and multiple phases as well as flood-control projects for mobilization and settlement control post-Harvey.

Perez mentioned that Forest Cove buyouts are already taking place and that all illegal dumping should be reported by calling 311 or by emailing the office with photos for prioritization and removal. Local residents are urged to refer to houstontx.gov/council/e for additional project details, or hcfcd.org for details concerning local erosion.

Perez also mentioned that a Town Hall meeting will be held for the public Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center.

“Great speakers have already been arranged for this event regarding topics such as the Mouth Bar Project,” she said.

It was brought to the attention of the committee that National Night Out supplies were low and in need of replenishment. These supplies, such as coloring books, balloons, pencils and more, are typically distributed within community gatherings with all details of the night printed on them. The committee approved the replenishment of these materials up to $500 for this annual, nationwide event.

Committee Member Dee Price relayed details of the proposed yearly budget. The total budget remains the same as last year with consistent numbers. The budget was approved by the committee as specified. Notations were made as to the contingency of unconfirmed events and how the monies would be spent if not needed as stated.

The next committee meeting will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Center, 2030 Shadow Rock Dr., Kingwood.