Pearland: Growth increases crime rate

May 12, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Facts

“With aggravated assaults, you're dealing with assaults on people where there are witnesses and often more evidence left behind. This category of major crime is more likely to be reported for these reasons”

Pearland - There's an easy explanation for a 15 percent spike in major crime in Pearland last year, said Police Capt. via The Facts

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Kathleen T

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May 14, 2007
 
This does not shock me whatsoever, the only shock is that it is not higher. I live in Pearland, and want out. It is very changed here and for the worse. Even the retail is just not the same, diapers and trash blowing thru the parking lots, thugs all over the place. We are looking to get out and get out fast. Yes there are more population =- more crime, but do not forget that their are wards and thugs from Mo city all over the place. That will never change, add in Katrina "refugees" and this is a nitemare town. The schools are falling fast and most people I know want to get out!
Brian Connely

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Jul 22, 2007
 
Interesting. I was very interested in relocation to Pearland and instead choose to go West of Houston to the Katy area. It would have been much easier of a drive to my position if I would have chosen Pearland.

However, the 3 times me and my family drove and stayed in the area, we did not care for what we saw. Very thuggish characters and poorly designed roads and walk ways.

A distinct lack of greenspace, poorly planned and controlled retail development. There is a bit of bright spots for Pearland in the form of the Shadow Creek Ranch area, yet that is engulfed by a very bad part of town called Missouri City and attracts crime a stone throw away.

While Pearland might on the surface look like a nice family friendly town, a quick drive around or two really helps you understand this place better.

We are very happy to have made this realization almost too late- but we were able to pull out of our builder at the last minute and built in the Katy area.

I have another co-worker who did end of moving to Pearland in Feb of this year , and is miserable. They are hoping to sell and move west to the Rosenb/Katy area, unfortunately they will lose a lot of money doing so.

They noticed a distinct influx of thug type individuals and feel very unsafe and targeted when they are simply shopping.

The 15% increase in crime does not suprise me. It is sad but it will only increase. This town is surrounded and choked by the ward down 288 (not public housing, but a real ghetto), a short distance is the nitemare of hobby airport and then the other distance is Missouri City.

For some, this is a great city full of great promise, especially if you are African American.

I am African American and refuse to live around thug life. My children will not be put thru that kind of pressure, its not what I got my Phd for. For them to end up around AA thug life.

Just my 2 cents.

Thanks, Brian C.
Relocating from OH

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Jul 25, 2007
 
I have been to the Houston area many times on business and pleasure-we were married in Galveston in 2006-anyways I had Pearland on my list of locales to relocate to however after viewing these comments AND having been to Pearland and seeing its proximity to S. Houston I always wondered how successful Pearland is in stopping some of the thuggery that resides in S. Houston. In addition to Pearland I have looked at the Walden on Lake Houston in Humble, Katy, Clear Lake, and Cypress. I am African American with a wife and an infant daughter. We are both college administrators. Any tips, suggestions, ect that you can offer I will appreciate it. Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2007
 
Relocating from OH wrote:
I have been to the Houston area many times on business and pleasure-we were married in Galveston in 2006-anyways I had Pearland on my list of locales to relocate to however after viewing these comments AND having been to Pearland and seeing its proximity to S. Houston I always wondered how successful Pearland is in stopping some of the thuggery that resides in S. Houston. In addition to Pearland I have looked at the Walden on Lake Houston in Humble, Katy, Clear Lake, and Cypress. I am African American with a wife and an infant daughter. We are both college administrators. Any tips, suggestions, ect that you can offer I will appreciate it. Thanks!
More often than not you have to take forums like this with a grain of salt, however, in this case I believe you are getting true accounts and opinions.

First of all congrats on your marriage.

You would probably be well served to avoid the pearland area.
Humble, is a touch and go situation, and I don't have enough personal exposure to give an honest opinion.

Clear lake, I personally would avoid however, for me it is similar to the Humble area.

Cypress, is a really nice area that is just exploding with new construction amid older established neighborhoods and ranches/farms. The one major drawback would be dependent on your commute, Highway 290 is a traffic nightmare.... public hearings are underway and expansion is coming.. If the expansion goes anything like the Katy freeway (I-10 west) then you may be in good shape, otherwise.... well you just can't imagine.

Katy area, which is where I call home. I have lived in the Katy area for a long time.. I have watched it go from a small sparsely populated area to this sprawling "mini metropolis" that doesn't seem to be slowing down a bit.
If my parents were looking to relocate, I would strongly recommend that they move to the Katy area.

You can find many resources on the internet, I would strongly recommend if you haven't already, check with the local chambers of commerce they generally have great relocation resources.

Good luck with your move.
Relocating from OH

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Jul 25, 2007
 
Thanks Judge! I have been to Katy and we really like the area. The taxes are a killer-although the trade off is access to excellent schools. Ditto Kingwood and Cinco Ranch-HOA fees/taxes....Thanks for the info on Clear Lake and Humble. I am familiar with the 290 mess as I stayed at a hotel next to that freeway back on 2006. I see it pays to do your homework as the US housing market is soft and I dont want to be stuck with a home that I cannot sell. This is what turned me away from Sugar Land and Missouri City as they both border SW Houston. I am all too familiar with nice neighborhoods that turn ugly in the blink of an eye as this is what we are dealing with here in N. Ohio where I live. Everything looks so nice and cheap compared to the Northern USA and then when you analyze and speak with people who live down there you find out that it is not all that it appears to be.

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Jul 26, 2007
 
Relocating from OH wrote:
Thanks Judge! I have been to Katy and we really like the area. The taxes are a killer-although the trade off is access to excellent schools. Ditto Kingwood and Cinco Ranch-HOA fees/taxes....Thanks for the info on Clear Lake and Humble. I am familiar with the 290 mess as I stayed at a hotel next to that freeway back on 2006. I see it pays to do your homework as the US housing market is soft and I dont want to be stuck with a home that I cannot sell. This is what turned me away from Sugar Land and Missouri City as they both border SW Houston. I am all too familiar with nice neighborhoods that turn ugly in the blink of an eye as this is what we are dealing with here in N. Ohio where I live. Everything looks so nice and cheap compared to the Northern USA and then when you analyze and speak with people who live down there you find out that it is not all that it appears to be.
Good luck.
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Sugar Land and Mo City - west and south of Hwy 6 are great! Get into a master planned community and you are set. First colony is not only the HOA for all of the homes, they control the build along Hwy 6, 59 (even First colony mall). A large master planned community can control the riffraf. Riverstone, Lake Olympia and Sienna just add to the "nicer" part of Mo city. Just pass through the crappy part on the way to work, but don't stop if you work east of there!
Brian Connely

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Jul 28, 2007
 
To "Relocating OH"

We choose Cinco Ranch and feel extremely welcome here by everyone we have run into thus far. You simply cannot beat the school system. Period. In case you are curious about if you would feel welcome- we feel very welcome.

We feel like we are starting to live the "good life" that I have worked so hard to build. My wife has been approached countless times to join various mom groups, play dates and activites etc, and the outpouring of neighbor friendliness is shocking. We feel like we have won the lottery.

BC

PS- Would be happy to have you as a neighbor.
Brian Connely

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Jul 28, 2007
 
Ah wanted to add about Humble- unfortunately it has a history of being very unfriendly to AA population.

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HMM

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Oct 23, 2007
 
I grew up in Pearland. It was a great town back in the 80s... I remember the small town atmosphere and virtually no crime, all that has changed in just a few short years. The problem is first of all Pearland grew too fast. It wasn't a gradual influx of people it was a flood. Second of course is the crime, the city LOVES to cover it up as much as they can but it's getting harder for them to do that. There is section 8 housing real close to Silverlake and it had contributed to the crime rate significantly as do the Katrina refuges. My friend and my cousin both had their homes broken into and when they caught the guys take a wild guess where they had relocated from.....

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Oct 23, 2007
 
I live in Friendswood, and I have to say, it's not that bad here. The school district is what's keeping me here though. I haven't asked to move out since we've been here--3 years.
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Oct 30, 2007
 
What about Alvin....Manvel...any other "small town" - ish areas arund 288 or 45 that are considered "GOOD" areas to live? My dh and I are looking to buy a house between Freeport and Houston....I grew up in Houston, but it's taken a turn for the worse, and we want out and into a good area where we can start a family. We have to live 50 miles or less from Freeport (Coast Guard) Thanks
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Nov 7, 2007
 
HMM wrote:
I grew up in Pearland. It was a great town back in the 80s... I remember the small town atmosphere and virtually no crime, all that has changed in just a few short years. The problem is first of all Pearland grew too fast. It wasn't a gradual influx of people it was a flood. Second of course is the crime, the city LOVES to cover it up as much as they can but it's getting harder for them to do that. There is section 8 housing real close to Silverlake and it had contributed to the crime rate significantly as do the Katrina refuges. My friend and my cousin both had their homes broken into and when they caught the guys take a wild guess where they had relocated from.....
Wow and we thought we were alone in this thinking. Our home has just gotten broken into (we live in silverlake) and we have had it with the crime here. There is only so much hoodlum living you can take when you work so very hard to live in a nice home. We are listing our home next week and moving to the Katy or Cypress area.
I agree Friendswood is very nice. Parts of Clear Lake are as well. We are going to get out for the schools and quality of life at this point. At our neighborhood crime watch meeting, there was a big discussion on why crime is NOT reported in pearland- because it is a old boys' network and small town owned papers, 40% of the room has had something criminal happen in pearland in the last year and nothing was ever written up. The exception was the 8 month pregnant woman who was held up at gunpoint at target a few months ago- because SHE contacted the newspapers and demanded a story to be written. It is very ugly town, it has a very small town mentality. Petty people who do not have enough to do with their time either.

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Nov 7, 2007
 
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Wow and we thought we were alone in this thinking. Our home has just gotten broken into (we live in silverlake) and we have had it with the crime here. There is only so much hoodlum living you can take when you work so very hard to live in a nice home. We are listing our home next week and moving to the Katy or Cypress area.
I agree Friendswood is very nice. Parts of Clear Lake are as well. We are going to get out for the schools and quality of life at this point. At our neighborhood crime watch meeting, there was a big discussion on why crime is NOT reported in pearland- because it is a old boys' network and small town owned papers, 40% of the room has had something criminal happen in pearland in the last year and nothing was ever written up. The exception was the 8 month pregnant woman who was held up at gunpoint at target a few months ago- because SHE contacted the newspapers and demanded a story to be written. It is very ugly town, it has a very small town mentality. Petty people who do not have enough to do with their time either.
While no area is without crime, the Katy and cypress areas are nice... good luck.
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Nov 13, 2007
 
JenCC wrote:
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Wow and we thought we were alone in this thinking. Our home has just gotten broken into (we live in silverlake) and we have had it with the crime here. There is only so much hoodlum living you can take when you work so very hard to live in a nice home. We are listing our home next week and moving to the Katy or Cypress area.
I agree Friendswood is very nice. Parts of Clear Lake are as well. We are going to get out for the schools and quality of life at this point. At our neighborhood crime watch meeting, there was a big discussion on why crime is NOT reported in pearland- because it is a old boys' network and small town owned papers, 40% of the room has had something criminal happen in pearland in the last year and nothing was ever written up. The exception was the 8 month pregnant woman who was held up at gunpoint at target a few months ago- because SHE contacted the newspapers and demanded a story to be written. It is very ugly town, it has a very small town mentality. Petty people who do not have enough to do with their time either.
Feel free to hyperbolize more. I've lived in Pearland since 2000. Before that, I lived in the League City/Clear Lake area for over 25 years.

My biggest complaint about Pearland is the amount of people who have moved into the area and have made 288 worse for all of us. I agree that the city planners don't seem to have a clue but I have never felt unsafe in Pearland. If you expect a crime free town, then you may find it in Neverland, just down the road pass Missouri City. Seriously, if you feel that unsafe, then you really need to get out of Pearland.

I'm glad people want to move out. I don't want anyone else to move to Pearland until they upgrade the infrastructure. Please move to Katy or Sugarland so you can add to the congestion on I-10 or US59.

And you have the nerve to accuse Pearland residents of being small minded after you make the gross exaggerations and generalizations regarding the residents of Pearland? You can't leave soon enough.
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More often than not you have to take forums like this with a grain of salt, however, in this case I believe you are getting true accounts and opinions.
First of all congrats on your marriage.
You would probably be well served to avoid the pearland area.
Humble, is a touch and go situation, and I don't have enough personal exposure to give an honest opinion.
Clear lake, I personally would avoid however, for me it is similar to the Humble area.
Cypress, is a really nice area that is just exploding with new construction amid older established neighborhoods and ranches/farms. The one major drawback would be dependent on your commute, Highway 290 is a traffic nightmare.... public hearings are underway and expansion is coming.. If the expansion goes anything like the Katy freeway (I-10 west) then you may be in good shape, otherwise.... well you just can't imagine.
Katy area, which is where I call home. I have lived in the Katy area for a long time.. I have watched it go from a small sparsely populated area to this sprawling "mini metropolis" that doesn't seem to be slowing down a bit.
If my parents were looking to relocate, I would strongly recommend that they move to the Katy area.
You can find many resources on the internet, I would strongly recommend if you haven't already, check with the local chambers of commerce they generally have great relocation resources.
Good luck with your move.
Hey moron, do you even live in Pearland? Feel free to tell us all the areas you've lived around Houston. Quit loitering on the Pearland forum if you don't live here.
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Cullen and 288 funnel the crime into Pland!
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Jan 18, 2008
 
Having been raised here, envisioning Pearland as described in these posts is unsettling. When I moved away in '98 after graduating High School this town was still considered small, untouched.
I remember my first visit back, about two years later. The football team was winning and the town had exploded (three Walmarts!). The last eight years have brought more of the same. This town is different and there are now some parts where you do not feel safe. I do not even consider the 288 area, or anything past O'Day, Pearland.
There is an old Pearland. It remains relatively unchanged and safe; people wave and our friendly.
After reading your posts I am keeping the location a secret, my mother lives there. I live downtown, near the med center, Pearland is much more safe.

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Hey moron, do you even live in Pearland? Feel free to tell us all the areas you've lived around Houston. Quit loitering on the Pearland forum if you don't live here.
Thank you for helping make my point.
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Feb 19, 2008
 
I am locating my family from the midwest to the Houston area because of my engineering job. I was told to check out Pearland (as it is so close to my location that I will be working) and I did and saw some nice things- decent homes, nice shopping and some not so nice things- horrible traffic congestion and too much loitering by middle aged men in the middle of the work day in parking lots.

It unsettled my wife greatly. We heard alot of loud blaring RAP music and there was trash littered all over the parking lot in front of Target and Khols. In fact we saw a car dump out a dirty diaper into the parking lot like it was nothing.

We felt uncomfortable and uneasy. I have a work colleague that has recently as of I assume 3 years ago moved to the Silver Lake subdivison and at the time thought it was a great fit for them.

They have since really had to reconsider and its a shame. We will have to move elsewhere and I will have to have more of a commute because I refuse to not only never like in Pearland, but I don't even want to accidentally get lost in Houston traffic and drive thru ever again.

I was browsing around online looking for Pearland stories and came across this and it's so interesting to see that I am not alone in my thoughts.

Our realtor mentioned that Cullen Highway and 288 Highway brings down crime in droves with easy get a away from the retail establishments.

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