Houston-area neighborhood opts for private, not government security (TX)

One Houston neighborhood is taking an interesting non-governmental approach to security.

From KHOU 11 News Houston:


Since November Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood has contracted with S.E.A.L. Security Texas for its security services. The officers look and are equipped as traditional police. Their services even include the use of canines.

James Alexander, director of operations for the Houston-based company, says that although most people think of private security as “mall cops,” his company patrols district and subdivisions like Sharpstown to “give them a little bit more security for their money.”

Opposed to Sharpstown’s prior contract with Harris County Constable’s Office, KHOU reports, S.E.A.L. Security provides three to four officers on patrol at any given time and does so at half the previous cost. Burglaries have also been cut in half.

The Sharpstown Civic Association says the switch will save about $200,000 per year.

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