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Neighbors use social media to reduce crime

Posted on September 28th, 2011 No Comments

A neighborhood in Houston is using social media to prevent neighborhood crime.  The social media website, My Virtual Neighbor, was first used in the 3000-3099 block of Sage Road near the Galleria.

In the Houston neighborhood, use of the website between neighbors reduced crime by 80 percent within 10 weeks.  Police say that people looking to commit theft or home invasion crimes have become deterred from neighborhoods that they know are using the website.

The website is a part of an effort titled “National Night Out,” which aims to reduce neighborhood crime.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Houston, contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss your situation with one of our defense attorneys today.

Violent crimes in Houston decreased dramatically in 2010

Posted on September 21st, 2011 No Comments

An analysis of the FBI’s annual report on crime shows that violent crimes decreased dramatically in 2010.  Compared to 2009, violent crime in Houston was 12 percent lower last year.  Also, officials note that property crimes decreased by 4.6 percent in 2010.

Police Chief Charles McClelland described the drop in violent crime as “unprecedented” and said that crimes have continued to decrease in the first half of this year.

Violent crime was also shown to have decreased in several cities near Houston last year.  These cities include Katy, Pasadena, Humble, Santa Fe, Texas City, Pearland, League City, Bellaire, Baytown, and La Marque.  In Sugar Land, Nassau Bay, Cleveland, Missouri City, and Kemah, violent crimes increased in 2010.

If you or someone you know has been charged with assault or another criminal offense, contact the Houston assault defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers today.

Father and son charged with insider trading, more

Posted on September 14th, 2011 No Comments

This week, investigators involved in the insider trading case of a father and son found evidence that led officials to charge the son with possession of child pornography.

The father, a chemist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is charged with acquiring at least $3 million by trading information that was not released to the public on drug-approval applications.  The son joined in the father’s insider trading operation and also profited from his actions.

For investigations into the insider trading charges, police confiscated the son’s laptop.  In searching the laptop, in addition to finding evidence of fraud and insider trading, officers found child pornography.  The son now faces charges of insider trading, conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud, and 1 count of possession of child pornography.

To speak with an experienced white collar crimes attorney after being charged with insider trading, contact the Houston insider trading lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.

NICB says Texas has most heavy equipment theft

Posted on September 8th, 2011 No Comments

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Texas had the most heavy equipment theft of any other state in 2010.  The NICB report covers the most expensive types of equipment.

In 2010, the most frequently stolen heavy equipment were bulldozers, brush chippers, backhoes, backhoes/loaders, forklifts, loaders, tractor-wheel types, tractor-track types, and excavators.  Loaders were the most frequently stolen piece of heavy equipment of all.

The NICB also listed the top cities for heavy equipment theft.  Last year, Houston had the second most heavy equipment thefts just behind Miami.  Also on this list in Texas was Conroe at number 4.

Nationwide, a total of 6,474 thefts of heavy equipment were reported in 2010.  1, 023 of these were in Texas and 121 were in Houston.

If you have been charged with theft and are looking for experienced legal representation to defend you, contact the Houston theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help you.