You’re invited to the Mandell and Winlow Place Social + Constable Patrol Event Tomorrow!

When:  Thursday, July 9th 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: 1518 Marshall Streetbills place

Get together to eat, drink and share with our Mandell-Winlow neighbors. Constable Rosen’s office will be on hand to discuss neighborhood safety & security – and you may sign up for the security service at this event as well! If you are unable to attend, you may also sign up for the security service via their website here:

Join us for National Night Out on October 6th at 6pm


National Night Out is Tuesday, October 6.  Please join your Mandell Place neighbors at our annual MPCA National Night Out event catered by Pappasito’s on Tuesday from 6-8 pm at 1623 Marshall.  Our local HPD officer will attend as well as a representative from the Harris County Constable’s office.

This is a great time to meet your neighbors, and enjoy some delicious food.  Get there early as the fajitas tend to go fast! We are looking forward to seeing you there.


Participate in Neighborhood Security

The Houston Police Department has continually encouraged all residents to play a part in neighborhood security.  If you have a true emergency requiring immediate attention, CALL 911

For non-emergency numbers (eg. suspicious activity, abandoned cars, loud noises, etc) HPD asks you to call the Central Dispatch number 24/7.  The nearest unit will be sent.  713-884-3131    HPD tracks repeat calls from an address or block.  Be specific about the address (best) or block.  Recurring calls to a specific address are most likely to prompt an HPD investigation.

For recurring neighborhood issues, contact the Montrose HPD storefront during normal business hours:  713-284-8604

Everyone in the neighborhood can play an active role in our security with the help of HPD.  Do not confront a suspicious character.  Leave this to the police.

MPCA National Night Out Tues 10/04 Thanks!


National Night Out


Catered by Pappasito’s

1651 Kipling Street – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Many thanks to Charles Lambert for arranging and hosting the Mandell Place 2011 National Night Out.  It was a great event catered by Pappasito’s with perfect weather.  About 100 Mandell Place residents were on hand for the evening.


















   Tuesday October 5th 6-8 p.m.

   1537 Harold Street (at Mandell)


Join the neighborhood for National Night Out.  Mandell    Place    Civic Association will host the event at the corner of Harold and Mandell Streets.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  As always, your favorite treats are welcome to share! 

Established in 1983, this event heightens crime prevention, generates support for crime prevention, strengthens neighborhood-police partnerships and provides the opportunity to meet your neighbors.   

Volunteers are needed for Citizens on Patrol, a neighborhood watch manned by residents and supported by the Houston Police Department.  We need 10-20 participants to patrol a combined total of 30 hours per week.  Details at the meeting. 

Call HPD central dispatch  713-884-3131 if you see or hear anything suspicious.  We can be a great asset to neighborhood security.  Store the phone number in your cell phone.

File a Police Report Online

Click on this link to send a police report: File a Report purpose of this form is to allow Houston citizens to conveniently file police reports from home, work, or anywhere with Internet access. After completing the necessary information you will receive an actual incident number, and you will be able to print the report for your records.

This web site should never be used to report an emergency, a crime in progress, or any type of injury. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For any other situation that requires the response of a police officer, call 713-884- 3131 .

Before continuing, you should be aware that it is a crime to make a false police report. You should also know that this form CAN ONLY be used to report a limited, specific set of crimes (as listed below *) and only under certain conditions. (We will be adding additional crime categories in the future).

* This form CAN ONLY be used to report:

  • Theft (under $5,000 in value, Non-vehicle Related) with no suspects or witnesses. If the total value of items is greater than $5,000, you cannot use this form. (Example: Your bicycle is stolen from your front yard.)
  • Criminal Mischief (under $5,000 in damage, Non-vehicle Related) – Non-vehicle Related (such as vandalism or property damage) with no suspects and no witnesses. (Example: Someone intentionally damaged your property.)

And, you can ONLY use this form if:

  • You have access to a valid, functioning e-mail address.
  • You are the actual victim of the theft, loss, or criminal mischief (not a witness, relative, friend, etc.)

This form CANNOT be used if:

  • The Crime / Loss / Incident occurred outside the city limits of Houston, Texas.
  • Any evidence exists (such as fingerprints, burglary tools left at the scene, any type of evidence, or anything that must be collected or processed by the police.)
  • Suspect information exists (such as a license plate number, surveillance photos, or a physical description of the suspect.)
  • An emergency exists. (In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.)
  • If any type of force or break-in occurred (Contact 713-884-3131 to report burglary or burglary of a motor vehicle).
  • If any injuries occurred.
  • This form CANNOT be used to report a stolen vehicle (Contact 713-884-3131 to report auto theft).

Your responses to the questions on the next several screens will help ensure that your incident is eligible for an online police report.


The eyes and ears of all Mandell Place residents are the most thorough means of keeping our neighborhood safe.  If you see or hear anything unusual, please call the Houston Police Dept. (HPD) non-emergency number 713-884-3131.  Store this number in your cell phone and have it near a phone in your house. 

The post below was forwarded by HPD Officer Wayne Pate.  It sheds some light on how criminal minds work and how we might make our homes and daily lives safer.  The information was provided by convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis , who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job



1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.  

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again.  If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.