NORA residents discuss crime issues with police, prosecutor

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INDIANAPOLIS - Dozens of NORA residents met with Indianapolis public safety officials, Thursday, to ask questions about how they could work together to curb crime in their area and across the City.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs were on hand to answer questions about drugs, gangs, and recent home invasions.

A pair of home invasion robberies last fall shook residents on Indianapolis’ north side.

The suspects, two of whom appear in court this week, traveled north along Meridian Street from south of 38th Street to allegedly commit crimes so brutal one investigator said it looked like the robbers were getting off on out doing one another in violence.

“If we don’t deal with some of the social issues that are plaguing our community and our large cities, crime in the next five and 10 years could escalate and escalate rapidly,” said Riggs. “Right now our family of Indianapolis has some issues.”

One home invasion happened near Vanessa Burkhart's home. That's why she came out to the public meeting.

"I’m very concerned about crime and wanted to see security improved in our area.”

Officials emphasized parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who comes in contact with Indy's youth should be paying close attention to their activities and getting educated about the drug and gang activity in the community.

“If they’re living in your house, be nosey," said Lt. Mike Elder. "You have the right to look in their room. You have the right to look in their phone. Be nosey. That’s the only way you’re going to find out... if you wait, it’s too late. They’re going to be hooked on narcotics. They’re going to be in a gang.”

In the end, the message was clear for residents: It's not just going to take more police officers to fight the City's crime problems, it's going to take the efforts of a whole City.

“We can’t be apathetic even if one child is not getting a good education. We can’t be apathetic if a crime is committed in any segment of our community,” said Riggs. “We’re asking people to roll up their sleeves, give to social service programs, get involved in a young person’s life.”