Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is ramping up efforts to counteract increasing crime rates on the northeast side of Indy.
Local residents have raised concerns about their safety “It’s getting bad.” The sentiment is shared among many in the area, with another resident noting, “In this area? Violence like this? No not like this… it’s just got started.”
Statistics pinpoint a concerning uptick in violence, specifically between 30th and Sherman to 38th and Keystone Avenue. The data reveals that there have been 8 homicides in the vicinity this year, doubling last year’s total of 4. In a notable incident a year ago, 52-year-old Pamela Garruto tragically lost her life to gun violence near east 34th and Brouse Avenue.
Residents believe infrastructural improvements might help curb the violence. “We need more lights and sidewalks more than anything. If we had more lights, I don’t think this much would be going on,” expressed a local woman.
In response, IMPD has implemented new security measures, including the introduction of license plate readers and increased patrols. The department’s violent crimes task force is also actively conducting investigations to apprehend violent criminals.
Masayuki Taguchi, who resides in the area, pointed out that such issues aren’t isolated to this community: “It happens every night for years and years. It happens in lots of neighborhoods around the country; it’s not really something that’s unique.” He further highlighted the tangible effects of the violence, revealing, “One of my neighbors had a bullet go through their car.”
The prevailing sentiment among locals is a desire to restore the sense of community. One resident reminisced, “This was a neighborhood then. If my daughter or son came home from school and no one was home they knew to go to house one or house two.”
IMPD remains committed to ensuring the safety of its residents, emphasizing that their detectives consistently carry out investigations behind the scenes, which may not always be evident to the public.