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BROAD RIPPLE – As summer approaches in Broad Ripple, the village is calling on volunteers and the public to help keep the area safe and fun.

The village is putting the word out online that public safety will be ramped up once again this summer. That includes heightened police patrols, extra bike patrols and the new addition of a police substation being built in the parking garage at College and Broad Ripple Avenue.

“I’m glad at least somebody’s paying attention to it and doing something about it,” said Justin Shimp, who lives and works in Broad Ripple.

The village is also asking for volunteer “block captains.” Those residents are in charge of their street, asked to keep an updated list of residents, organize two meetings a year and serve as a point person for the block’s needs.

“(It’s) really a good thing to have somebody paying attention to what’s going on,” said resident Kathy Gunn.

So far this year, the village reports a 10-percent drop in violent crime and a 42-percent drop in property crime.

They’re also reminding everyone to keep an eye on their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

If you’re interested in being a block captain, you should email