Stats show trend of dropping crime rate, IMPD says


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Bryan Roach told Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and assembled reporters Wednesday morning that year-to-date reports show a continued downward trend in crime data in the Circle City.

Roach said that through Feb. 23, compared to the same time period in 2018, overall crime reports were down 12 percent and violent crime reports were off six percent.

“We’re about eight percent down last year overall crime, our violent crime was down last year,” said Roach. “It was down in 2017. I think what’s mostly responsible for that is all effort around serial robberies and burglaries.

“Crime all over the city is down. We’re struggling with non-fatal shootings and homicides so we’re gonna continue to focus on that.”

Deputy Chief of Investigations Chris Bailey said last year’s raw data being reported to the FBI this week for publication next September will show overall crime down 16 percent for the years 2017 and 2018 compared to 2016.

Bailey specifically noted the reduction in serial armed robberies due to enhanced investigations by the IMPD Robbery Branch.

FOX59 reported that first half 2018 crime statistics, compared with the same period in 2017, published this week by the FBI, showed violent crime dropped 8.5 percent despite a rise in murder and rape reports one year ago.

Statistics for robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, larceny and theft and burglary were all down at this time last year.

Wednesday afternoon, representatives from the mayor’s office and IMPD will conduct a monthly public safety walk through a Haughville neighborhood where a recent local and federal investigation locked up more than a dozen alleged drug dealers.

On Friday, the city will sponsor a resource fair in the community open to all residents but focusing on the spouses and families of those suspects who may find themselves in need of services and resources now that breadwinners, no matter how their money was acquired, are incarcerated and facing criminal charges.

“We’ve called all of those people back and let them all know about Friday’s event so they seem really excited about the opportunity to engage with the resources,” said Shonna Majors, Direction of Community Violence Reduction. “A lot of the women are needing help with they’re pregnant, they have babies coming, they need help with pre-natal care, resources for employment, counseling, grief counseling, mental health services, and so we took that into account when we put this resource fair together.”

Deputy Mayor Rev. David Hampton said emphasis on the needs of families of Operation Garage Band suspects is an indication that the city recognizes the victims of Indianapolis’ drug trade are sometimes within the homes of the dealers.

“Absolutely,” he said, “and what we want to do is reduce that victimization. We want families to know, one, we care about you, but we also want to provide some wraparound services for individuals who are perhaps committing crimes because they are needing some of the basics, food, clothing, and we want to let them know those resources are available.”

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