When minutes count – SIX Officers can respond to your emergency SMCMUD calls – for your security and peace of mind.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
With the increase in population and developments in our area, problems with crime and traffic have increased. The Board of Directors for Southern Montgomery County MUD (SMCMUD) felt the need to protect their citizens and the business in our District by contracting with the Sheriff Department. In 2012, SMCMUD entered into an agreement with the City of Houston that will keep our District from being annexed by the City for 30 years. A limited purpose annexation agreement was signed with the City that added a $0.01 sales tax to businesses in our District. That penny sales tax is divided between the City and our District and provides additional revenue to pay for a contracted security program.
This contract adds six Sheriff Officers to patrol just within our District in addition to the existing Sheriff Officers provided by our Precinct. The six officers respond only to SMCMUD calls and can be there in minutes because they stay within our District and not somewhere else in the County. You can tell they are the District’s officers because they will have the “SMCMUD” logo on the front fender of the cars.
These Officers are here for you. Get to know them when they pass by your house. They are here to serve you and help you protect your property.
Residential Crime Prevention Tips
Your home is your castle - don't let it be a target for criminals. Most burglars look for easy targets. There's a lot you can do to protect your home from crime - and give yourself some peace of mind!
• Install sturdy doors, door frames and hardware.
• Use deadbolt locks.
• Install a peephole in your door.
• Secure sliding glass doors by placing a broomstick or steel rod in the track.
• Always keep your doors locked - even when you're home.
• Install impact resistant windows and sliding glass doors.
• Use lighting and landscaping to make your home's surroundings unattractive to burglars, vandals, and other criminals.
• Position outdoor lights carefully. Put them out of reach so bulbs can't be easily broken or unscrewed. Aim lights at garage and shed doors, entryways and ground level windows.
• Consider motion sensor floodlights and photoelectric lights that automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn.
• Keep plants trimmed - overgrown bushes can cover windows and doorways, giving burglars a hiding place.
• Plant thorny bushes under windows - they can help keep intruders away.
• Consider an alarm system. It can offer extra protection, especially for people who live alone, are away often or have lots of valuables. Please remember however - alarms can give you a false sense of security. They are meant to be used with other security measures, not in place of them.
• Put away machinery, ladders and tools. Don't leave them where they could be stolen - or used to gain entry into your home.
• Don't automatically open your door when someone knocks. Use your peephole. Do not open the door for strangers. Contact the Sheriff's Office when in doubt.
• When you're away, leave on a TV or radio to make people think someone is home. Don't be afraid to let someone know you're home. If someone comes to your door, ask their business without opening the door. If they say they need any type of help, tell them you're calling the police for them and then call the police.
• If someone comes to your door and when you answer, they say they have the wrong address, call the Sheriff's Office. It's likely that your home might have been targeted for a burglary.
• Be an alert neighbor. If you see a stranger at a neighbor's door, on their property, or if you see a vehicle you don't recognize backed up in a neighbor's driveway or parked in an alley, don't hesitate to call the police. Do not approach the subjects.
• Take extra precautions when you're on vacation. Make your home look lived it. Have a friend or neighbor pick up mail and newspapers daily. Put interior lights on timers.
Stop intruders before they get started. Take steps to protect your home!