Tip of the Week – Bank “Jugging”

The scheme is not new, but the crime of bank “jugging” is gaining popularity.  Jugging is a term used to describe a crime associated with thieves burglarizing vehicles after victims leave a bank. These criminals target bank customers who leave the bank with a cash withdrawal.  They wait for the bank customer to get in their car and follow them to their next destination. Once the victim continues with their errands, the thieves break into the car and steal the money.

Here are a few signs to watch for: (1) Vehicles that are left running in the parking lot with multiple people inside; (2) People who are waiting in the parking lot but never enter the bank; (3) Vehicles switching parking spaces; and (4) Vehicles with dark window tint.

There are a few ways you can be proactive:  (1) Be aware of your surroundings; (2) Never enter or leave the bank with your money bag or money envelope in plain sight; (3) After you leave the bank, never go to another location to run an additional errand.  Call someone to meet you outside at your car to take the money inside.  There is safety in numbers.  (4) Take a different or inconspicuous rout to your home or business from the bank.

2018 MUD #18 Information and Election Information

Brazoria County MUD18 meetings are typically held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Pearland Recreation Center 4141 Bailey Road at 5:00 pm (typically) and are open to the public.

This year an election for District officers will be held.  If you are interested in running for a position contact MUD #18.  In the past, these positions have been paid positions.

District Information: MUD18 District Information Report

January 23, 2018


In May, 2018, Brazoria County MUD#18 will be holding elections for director positions. General information concerning the how to run for the election is below.  Please consult directly with the attorney of MUD#18 if you would like to run for a MUD#18 Director position to ensure the accuracy of information below.  The last information concerning the MUD#18 attorney is listed as John Wallace of Bacon and Wallace LLP, phone 713-739-1060

How do you qualify to run for a water district board?
You must be a property owner in the district. This means that you do not have to live in a water district to be on the board if you own property in the district.

What is the compensation to serve on a water district board of directors?
Typically, Directors are paid a per diem of $150 for each day they perform duties for the district, in an amount not to exceed $7,200 per year.

When do you have to file to run for the board?
For water district elections, there is no first day to file. However, in order to have your name appear on the May ballot, there is a filing deadline.

How do I obtain an application for place on ballot or application for write-in candidacy?
The easiest way to obtain these applications is to contact the water district’s attorney and ask for them.

What are the campaign reporting requirements to run for director?
The campaign reporting requirements are the same as any candidate for governmental office. The Texas Ethics Commission requires that a treasurer for the campaign be appointed and a full reporting form or modified reporting form (for campaign contributions of less than $500) be completed by each candidate.

DSHS News Release: DSHS Issues Alert as Flea-borne Typhus Activity in Texas Increases

DSHS Issues Alert as Flea-borne Typhus Activity in Texas Increases

An increase this year in the number of cases of flea-borne typhus across multiple areas of the state is prompting the Texas Department of State Health Services to remind people to take precautions to prevent contracting the disease. A health alert issued today asks providers to consider a diagnosis of flea-borne typhus for people with fever and at least one other symptom of the disease. Typhus cases normally peak in Texas between May and July and again in December and January.

Flea-borne typhus, also known as murine typhus, is a bacterial infection that most commonly occurs when infected flea feces are scratched into the site of the flea bite or another break in the skin. Inhalation or mucous membrane contact with contaminated, dried flea feces are less common ways to contract the disease. Fleas are infected when they bite animals, such as rodents, opossums and cats, that can maintain and transmit the bacteria.

Early symptoms of flea-borne typhus develop within 14 days of contact with infected fleas and include headache, fever, nausea and body aches. Five or six days after the initial symptoms, a rash that starts on the trunk of the body and spreads to the arms and legs may occur. People should consult with a health care provider as soon as possible to be appropriately tested and treated if they have symptoms of the disease. Flea-borne typhus is easily treated with certain antibiotics, and people will not get it again after they recover.

The best precautions to guard against contracting flea-borne typhus are:

  • Keep yards clean so that rodents, opossums and stray cats cannot live there by removing any brush or trash, keeping the grass mowed and keeping firewood off the ground.
  • Do not leave pet food out at night as this attracts other animals.
  • Prevent rodents from living in houses.
  • Treat for fleas with a commercial flea control product before beginning rodent control in houses or yards. Fleas will search for new hosts when rodents die.
  • Control the fleas on pets regularly. Ask a veterinarian about flea control products that are safe to use on pets.
  • Wear gloves and insect repellent when handling sick or dead animals.
  • Use insect repellant when hunting, camping or engaging in any other outdoor activities

For more information, read the health alert at: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2017/HealthAlert-11302017.aspx

Securing Your Flood-Damaged Home

In the aftermath of a major widespread disaster, the police are stretched to the limits to keep everyone and everyone’s property safe due to the sheer enormity of the area devastated.  You must take precautions to protect your own property from looters.  The main difference between looters and other thieves is twofold. First, they are more despicable than an average thief because they focus on taking advantage of unfortunate people when they are helpless and in trouble. Secondly, they are predictable.  You absolutely know they will be there after a disaster.

Looters take advantage of property destruction, so you must establish your perimeter security by blocking open access to your house with entry obstructions. The garage door, the main doors, should all be locked.  Leave the nightlight on to make sure they know someone lives there and is checking on the home to ensure it’s not further damaged.

Keep in mind the same precautions you take when you are leaving your home for a vacation. Do everything you can to make your home look like there are still people and signs of activity in the home and that your home is being watched by someone you trust. Collect mail and take the trash cans out and/or bring them back in.

Lock everything. Many homes are left unlocked at all hours of the day.  You are not protecting your home if you are not locking the doors, windows and your garage.

If you see looters, report them right away to law enforcement.

The Winter Games of Texas arrive in Pearland

Get in the game! The Winter Games of Texas arrive in Pearland from Jan. 12 to Jan.14 2018. Sanctioned by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF), the Winter Games of Texas is patterned after the Olympic Games with athletes earning medals for competitive sports. Debuting in Pearland after a 12-year run in Frisco, Texas, the sports festival created for Texas amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels, will feature 15 sporting events held in venues across the City of Pearland.
Sporting events consisting of both team and individual athletes in youth and adult categories include:
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Pickleball
  • Powerlifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wheelchair
To learn more about the TAAF Winter Games of Texas including registration, volunteer opportunities and sponsorship levels, go to TAAF.com.