High Plains Apartment Complex in Odessa Taking Steps to Help Curb Crime

by Crystal Crews
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A violent act spurs one Odessa Apartment Complex to step up security.

The complex plans to add new security features to help tenants feel safe, but they're also arming them with the knowledge to help protect themselves.

On Tuesday night, the complex held a crime prevention meeting.

It's just like a Neighborhood Watch program.

Corporal Jamie Brown was invited to talk to tenants about how they can protect themselves and their neighbors.

On top of that, the manager tells us they're adding security gates around the complex.

Some will be closed at night, another gate will only be open to tenants with a code or card.

The other step they're taking is hiring a night manager with a badge.

"We've hired a night manager who is also a DPS officer. He walks and he patrols the complex on a golf cart. He's available to the residents," High Plains Community Director Brenda Huffty, said.

All these security features this all comes on the heels of a murder in the Complex's parking lot back in October.

Ray Sauceda, Junior was found shot dead in a car back on October 15th.

The gunman is still on the loose.

Managers tell us it was a horrible crime, but point out crime is a problem all over town.

They hope with the help of their tenants they can help improve the safety of their neighborhood.