Friday, June 30, 2006


I am sure that this is a good idea. Clean places, clean neighborhoods may see less crime. However, has anyone thought that maybe clean neighborhoods see less crime because they are the neighborhoods where people care about their houses and take care of things naturally? Just my thoughts. Ultimately, criminals don't care about their surroundings when they rob you. Why don't we spend the man power on ousting the drug dealer everyone knows about in the neighborhood, or the gambling house Monroe Gray is hanging out at.

The Story (in part):

Nillie Urick's block typifies the general state of the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood: Weeds push through cracks in the sidewalk along disintegrating curbs, while debris litters the backyards of several vacant houses.

On Thursday, the Near-Southside neighborhood served as the starting point for a summerlong effort to lower the city's rising crime problem.

According to police statistics, the overall crime rate in Bates-Hendricks is 131.86 incidents per 1,000 residents -- much higher than Marion County's rate of 83.41 incidents per 1,000 residents.

Representatives from Mayor Bart Peterson's office, Indianapolis Police Department officers and crews from agencies including the Department of Public Works gathered not far from Urick's house Thursday morning to kick off the effort.

They picked up 50 tons of trash and used 25 tons of asphalt to fill potholes in alleys and streets. Ten streetlights were repaired, and 55 street signs were repaired or replaced. The city also issued citations to owners of abandoned and poorly maintained lots, though exactly how many was not immediately known.

The effort is part of a wider anti-crime push announced earlier this month by the mayor and police officials that includes increased police patrols in crime-ridden areas. As of mid-June, homicides in the county had increased more than 43 percent -- to 63 from 44 -- over the same time last year. Burglaries were up more than 25 percent in the first quarter.
Kevin Sifferlen of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services said 20 areas of the city have been slated for attention.

Though city officials were optimistic that their efforts will blunt crime, residents were skeptical.
"I'd love to see (Bates-Hendricks) cleaned up. But how long would that last? I don't think it'll really help with the crime," said Urick, 47, who has lived in the area for almost five years.


At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you recall back when the mayor announced ways to cut cost when the budget criss started, some of the items he mentions was

1. Stop cleaning streets
2. Stop cutting the grass in over
grown areas

Now he list over grown grass and dirty sterrts as reasons for the increase crime in Marion County.

Way to go mayor

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


2000 – promised 200 more police officers with no tax increase (lapsing federal grant) Peterson Plan 1. Vetos funding for faith-based /community-based organizations –effectively killing the Front Porch Alliance and hampering the efforts of pastors in the inner city.
2001 – Proposed to tax churches, mosques and synagogues and other not-for-profits to fix public safety pension problem.

2002 – Homicides up by 11 percent.

2003 – promises not to merge police with sheriff department (page 42) Peterson Plan 2

2004 – 8 percent increase in crime in Marion County, City-County Council President Rozelle Boyd and his Democrat caucus stripped the prosecutor's office of needed resources in the amount of $300,000, despite the fact that crime in trending upward at an alarming rate. Mayor signs ordinance into law. Their votes set into motion a perpetual "get out of jail free pass" for criminals.

2004 Demands the merger of IPD/MCSD or he will layoff Indianapolis police and firefighters.

2005 Despite having a veteran Public Safety Director Mayor Peterson hires a former state employee as an Advisor to Public Safety at an additional cost of 70k+.

2005 – proposes to layoff police and firefighters unless the State passes Indyworks. Proposes charging taxpayers extra for emergency responses (adding invoice to injury). Testimony from mayor’s office promises no officers will be moved from IPD old district to cover new merged territory.

2006 Newly established "beat maps" indicate that officers are in fact being moved from Center Township where crime is highest to the outlying Townships.

2006- Crime on pace for a record high in Indianapolis with homicides up over 25% in the first quarter. Mayor announces 100,000 new trees for Indianapolis.

2006- Starts an IPD recruit class, eliminates the white males from class, after plan exposed reinstates them.

2006- Market and Pensylvania officer makes a traffic stop. Driver has a 9mm pistol in his lap, serial number filed off. front seat passenger has a .9mm back seat passenger is sitting on a AK-47 assault rifle.

2006- Desmond Turner accused master-mind of the Hamilton Ave. massacre is caught in jail smoking marijuana. No charges filed by the Sheriff's Department.

2006- Move to eliminate reserve officers/deputies currently patroling who do not reside in Marion County and who are affiliated with school system.

2006 - Deputy Mayors demand badges so that they can have access to crime scenes.

2006- Mayor Peterson and Sheriff Anderson endorse the Council President Gray's "Monroe Doctrine" - Play politics with public safety by blocking Brizzi ordinance to fund 250 additional beds - Sheriff concerned about family's of the perpetrators (doesn't want to inconvience the family of the inmates by having them travel out of the city) Mayor wants his former Deputy Mayor in the Prosecutors office.

2006- Desperate criminal steal police officers car in an attempt to escape.

HOMICIDES as of 6/30/06 69
(44 in 2005)

Can they be trusted with Public Safety?


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