Many feel Circle City is safe despite recent violence

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INDIANAPOLIS – With many events still planned this summer, recent violence is drawing concerns about safety in downtown Indianapolis, but many still say downtown Indy remains a safe place.

In fact, overall crime committed downtown is down 19 percent, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Organizations like Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. continue to work with the city, businesses and police to address concerns and keep downtown beautiful.

“The key is, be focused on the good, report suspicious activity, be in partnership with shop owners and retail owners and let’s all continue to protect this investment that we call downtown Indianapolis,” said Bob Schultz with Downtown Indianapolis, Inc.

Kim Nething, owner of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, says downtown is an extremely safe place to have a business.

“I feel very secure with the police officers that do their work downtown. We have a lot of them as customers. They keep us safe, they keep us calm. They keep us in a very good environment,” Nething said. “There’s absolutely no way shape or form that I personally feel unsafe in this area and I have my children in here all the time.”

The city is celebrating an all-time high in folks wanting to live downtown. Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. says there is an 89-percent increase in the demand for downtown living.