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Old 05-13-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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Smile Just back from Houston - comments and a question

Hi to everyone,

We just got back from a month in Houston. My husband was working down there and we (son and I) went with him. I loved it. So much to do, great weather, superb restaurants, wonderful people (we made quite a few friends). We did alot of driving around and went on some weekend trips, too. Loved San Antonio. Your highways, while clean, straight, wide open and free of potholes, were terrifying to me at first. Gotta say I've never seen people drive the way you all do down there. I saw people get on the highway and cross over four lanes without a pause and loved those who missed their exits and simply made their own exits by driving across the grass to get to the feeder road. But, I got used to it by the end of the month. Anyway, I miss Houston. Which is probably a good thing since my husband's company has offered him a job down there.

This is where my question comes in. My husband's company is located in the Greenspoint area, which is where our hotel was. I know this is not a safe area. Obviously we wouldn't live there. We're thinking of someplace within the Spring ISD, but don't really know where exactly that will be. However, it seemed to me that crime in Houston, while definitely concentrated in specific areas, can be very random and occur anywhere, even those areas that are considered "safe." I don't have those concerns at home. For example, we have a portable DVD player for our son. I keep it in the car in Pittsburgh and never take it down, regardless of where we are. But, I was told by several people in Houston to hide it when I got out of the car, even in the Woodlands. Then, during our stay in Houston, a woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight while trying to pay a cell phone bill. So, I guess I'm asking those of you who live in Houston, are my fears without merit? Or, do you always need to be on guard, regardless of where you live in Houston? Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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I thinks its best to concentrate on that story about some random lady that got stabbed somewhere in Houston and always live in fear. Death could be around any corner. BOO!
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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I would say the Champions area would fit your bill. The Klein ISD may be considered better than Spring ISD, yet, the zip 77379 is still Spring. It is on the other side of Greenspoint, off IH 45. It is a fairly safe area and the schools are good. I don't know how old your son is but there is also lots of things for young kids to do, plus near willowbrook mall, restaurants and about 30 minutes from the woodlands if you like to go there on weekends. Anywhere you go, you can't live in fear, that's not living...Good luck!
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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you will be fine. Just always be aware of your surroundings. I would suggest looking for a place in The Woodlands. Gunspoint will always be Gunspoint. Nothing you can do about it. Just be a bit extra cautious around that area.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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there will always be someone willing to break windows for coins and a crumpled pack of cigarettes, or like my wife's makeup kit or my radio. of course vandals and theives like these are usually near bad/cheap neighborhoods/apartment/streetbum/'dayworker' areas
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Austin Bound
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I thinks its best to concentrate on that story about some random lady that got stabbed somewhere in Houston and always live in fear. Death could be around any corner. BOO!
Not only is this a rude response, but describing this mother who died defending her baby as a "random lady" is quite disrespectful.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Austin Bound
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So, I guess I'm asking those of you who live in Houston, are my fears without merit? Or, do you always need to be on guard, regardless of where you live in Houston? Thanks for your help.
Crime is part of life in any big city, but the crime isn't equally distributed. I do think you have to be aware of your surroundings and careful no matter where you are in Houston, but the risk is greater or less depending on where you spend most of your time. It is worth doing some research to choose an area where the risk is lower.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Avoid living in the known high crime areas and just stay alert of your surroundings with common sense (not fear) and you'll be fine. Welcome to Houston - glad you like it.
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