INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 25, 2016) -- Community leaders look to boost their crime fighting efforts in one historic near north side neighborhood.
The head of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition says that group been asked by the IMPD to extend their reach into the Crown Hill neighborhood.
Crown Hill is, of course, the home of the Children’s Museum.
Over the last year, a lot of work has been put in to combat violence in some surrounding neighborhoods, but those efforts may also be pushing more drug and criminal activity into Crown Hill.
Last year the Butler Tarkington neighborhood saw four murders in two months.
That led to increased patrols by IMPD and the Ten Point Coalition, but that may have also come with a consequence.
“Some of the drug activity has now moved south of 38th street,” said Reverend Charles Harrison.
Last week, Harrison and others celebrated 100 days with no homicides in Butler Tarkington, but Harrison says more criminal activity has been pushed into the adjacent Crown Hill neighborhood.
“We want to ensure that area stays peaceful,” said Harrison.
That's why Harrison says the IMPD has asked his group to expand it’s successful crime prevention efforts.
“We may have to extend what we’re doing to the Crown Hill area so we can push the drug and gang activity out of that area too,” said Harrison.
Last year, Crown Hill saw several deadly crimes, from a woman killed by a stray bullet on Salem, to a 16-year-old shot dead on 31st street and most recently a man murdered in a Burger King parking lot.
“It’s just a different breed of people that has come into the neighborhood,” said neighbor Jim Hughes.
Hughes has lived in the Crown Hill area for decades.
He welcomes any help the neighborhood can get.
"I think it would be best if they were around all the time and be visible so they can be seen,” said Hughes.
“We need every resource we can get,” said president of the Crown Hill Neighborhood association Carleen Carter.
Carter says crime fighting efforts also need to focus on long term solutions.
“The criminals just relocate, so it has to be a continuous push to keep it away,” said Carter.
Right now, there is not an exact timeline for the Ten Point Coalition to start focusing on Crown Hill.
Reverend Harrison says they’re looking to find additional resources without taking away from what they’re doing in Butler Tarkington or the United Northwest Area.