The first attachment is our monthly Crime Report for our district. At 92 incidents we are only up 5 from last June, but one less than last year for the first six months. We are actually 76 incidents lower than at this time in 2016, so overall our district is seeing less crime. Unfortunately there are areas in our district that seem to have more crime than others. As individuals as well as neighborhoods, we need to work together and be pro-active against crime. If you live in an area that has seen more incidents than you like or if you live in an area that has few or occasional incidents, we all want that lower number and for crime not to be in our neighborhoods at all. A lot of criminals look for that “window of opportunity” or for an area that people don’t watch out and call in if they see or hear something suspicious. Some tips to keep your home and neighborhood a little less likely to be victims of a crime:
- Always keep car doors locked and windows rolled up when vehicles are parked.
- Never leave items of value in your car, or something that looks like it could be of value or covering something of value.
- Don’t leave bikes, tools, lawn mowers, toys, etc. outside when not in use. They may get “legs” and not stay around.
- Keep your garage doors closed when you are not in the garage or paying complete attention to the door. When using a lawn mower, weed eater, edger, etc. you may not notice someone walking in your garage and walking off with something that interests them.
- Make sure you keep doors to your home locked (as well as windows on the first floor), even when you are home or out in the yard.
- Have your outside lights on after dark and if you are not home, have lights on timers that come on and off so it appears someone is home.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted by a phone, texting, or a headset when in parking lots, on sidewalks or trails, etc.
- Never hesitate calling 911 if you see or hear something that does not seem right to you. Also, don’t hesitate reporting suspicious activity to a manager of a store.
By being vigilant, being pro-active, and calling 911 if we see or hear something that does not seem right to us, we can help keep our homes and neighborhoods safer. Having a crime happen to you is not only an unpleasant experience, but also can be costly in time, money, and inconvenience. Hopefully by paying more attention to doing things to make our homes and surroundings less likely of being a victim we can make crime lower where we are. Don’t hesitate calling 911 if something is happening now. If it is not an emergency call 311 from your cell or 317-327-3811 from your landline. Working together we can maybe make it safer and better for everyone.
The second attachment is about the next IMPD Northwest District Task Force Meeting. This will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1st, at their headquarters located 3821 Industrial Blvd. (north of 38th Street, east of Lafayette Road) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. If you have not been to a Task Force Meeting before, they are always quite informative. This one should be quite interesting as they are going to be presenting the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy program that they do for school children. If you like to watch Jeopardy on television, and want to see if you are “Smarter than a 5th, 6th, or 7th Grader”, this could be the meeting for you. See the attached flyer for more information. Hope to see many of your there!
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