Police step-up presence on “Black Wednesday” and talk about safety in Broad Ripple

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Indianapolis, Ind. (November 26, 2014) – It’s known as a busy night at many bars: The night before Thanksgiving known as "Black Wednesday." Police say they'll be stepping-up their presence in busy bar areas like Fountain Square, Mass Ave. and Broad Ripple.

The discussion about nightlife and safety has been front and center in the Broad Ripple area after seven people were shot during the 4th of July weekend. Now, more than four months later, police say there haven’t been any other major incidents.

"There have been new conversations, continued conversations with the residents in Broad Ripple, the Broad Ripple Village Association and bar owners there about how they can help the police keep Broad Ripple safe, and I think those plans have worked."

The Broad Ripple Village Association has also been raising money for extra security. Members collected donations through a crowd-funding website. The site shows about $1,700 was raised, but BRVA members say the total is actually about $12,000 dollars, after community partners matched donations.

The association says members have been looking into estimates for cameras and lights and talking to some of the area business owners about using their security systems as well. Members say some of the money raised was used to buy two bikes for the area Bike Patrol and they'll present those bikes next month.

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