I have attached our Crime Report for the first month of 2017. For most of us our neighborhoods look pretty good. However, there are definite “pockets” in District 6 that have more crimes occurring than I am sure not only those neighborhoods, but all of us wish to see happening. We are very fortunate to have not only Northwest District IMPD that looks after us, but also the Speedway Police Department and Clermont Police Department in District 6. All of the excellent men and women who are part of those three departments to a terrific job of protecting us and looking out for our safety. However, they cannot be everywhere at once and cannot see everything. This is where we all come in. We need to do what we can to help deter crimes from happening. We either want to keep our neighborhoods safe or make our neighborhoods safer. Remember:
1.) Wherever and whenever your car is parked outside – make sure it is locked.
2.) No matter where your car is parked, do not leave anything of value in it, or anything that could be thought to be of value (even a coat – what could be in the pockets, or anewspaper – what could be under it?).
3.) Make sure your house has outside lights on at night. Someone is less likely to mess with a vehicle or try to enter a home if the neighbors or anyone driving by can see them. Those up to no good usually prefer to work in the dark.
4.) As the weather gets warmer – don’t make it easy for someone to steal a bike, lawn mower, other tools or toys by leaving them outside. Make sure when not in use they are inside out of sight.
5.) Spring is approaching and many of you are working outside when the weather has been nice. Keep your garage door closed when you are not right there. This includes when working in the yard, as it only takes a couple of seconds to grab something out of your garage and take it – or even get into your house through an unlocked door.
6.) Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are in a parking lot and someone seems to be suspicious or approaches you, get to safety (inside the business if possible) and alert security or someone in charge.
By following these tips we are less likely to be a victim of a crime. Encourage others to follow these tips as well. Remember – if something does not look right to you, it won’t look right to the police either – CALL 911. As I said above, our officers cannot be everywhere and see everything, we need to help be their eyes and ears in our neighborhoods and where we work, shop, and visit. Don’t ever hesitate calling 911 if you feel something is suspicious. Let’s all work together to make our neighborhoods and area a much safer place for everyone.
City-County Councillor District 6