Crime in Indy -- it's urban, it's inner city, it's black

Dateline: Tue 19 Dec 2006

This is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, which is regularly updated; the source is Indianapolis and the section heading is crime:

"For the past decade, crime rates within Indianapolis city limits have fluctuated greatly. In the late 1990s, violent crimes in inner-city neighborhoods located within the old city limits (pre-consolidation) peaked. The IPD police district, which serves about 37% of the county's total population and has a geographic area covering mostly the old pre-consolidation city limits, recorded 130 homicides in the year 1998 to average approximately 40.3 homicides per 100,000 people. This is over 6 times the 1998 national homicide average of 6.3 per 100,000 people.

"Meanwhile, Marion County Sheriff's police district serving the remaining 63% of the county's population, which includes the majority of the residents in the Consolidated City, recorded only 32 homicides in 1998, averaging about 5.9 murders per 100,000 people, slightly less than the 1998 national homicide average. (Note from Ruth -- that accounts for the 162 murders that took place in 1962; the Star today fails to note that the majority, 130, were in the IPD or inner-city district).

"Homicides in the IPD police district dropped dramatically in 1999 and have remained lower through 2005. In 2005, the IPD police district recorded 88 homicides to average 27.3 homicides per 100,000 people; none the less, the murder rate in the IPD district is still almost 5 times the 2005 national average.

"When considering the total Consolidated City of Indianapolis, the overall crime rate has historically been low compared to the national average. NONETHELESS, CRIME IN IMPOVERISHED INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOODS REMAINS A PROBLEM.

"Areas of Indianapolis that were unincorporated or separate municipalities before the 1970 city-county consolidation generally have significantly lower crime rates although their aggregate population is higher than the old pre-consolidation Indianapolis city limits. Thus, crime figures for the Consolidated City and the entire Marion County average out to a low rate. However, according to 2006 reports from local law enforcement, in the first four months of the year county-wide homicides have seen a 46% increase, mainly in the outer regions of Indianapolis. The homicide rate is still on pace to set a state record for number of murders in a single year, with 138 murders to date."

Here is the link if you want to read more about Indianapolis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indianapolis,_Indiana#Crime

The point? Once again, I have to wonder if this mayor cares about the core of the city. Certainly he gets credit for spurring Fall Creek Development. But when you have a robbery at Starbucks a few blocks away, how effective is hot urban development?

Crime is a huge inner-city problem. IPD patrols the inner city. IPD is demoralized. Crime is up in the inner city. Time for some action.

comments: ruth@ruthholladay.com

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