While Mayor Ballard is clamoring to build a new Chinatown, my neighborhood has apparently been overrun by the Mongol horde. Someone please build a big wall soon!
Not only did I get a gun stuck in my face on Thursday night, but on Friday night there was a shooting a block away. A young man was killed. On Saturday morning our elderly next door neighbor's house was broken into at 8:30 in the morning; the intruder(s) stole his television and ransacked his house. The neighbor across the street from him had an attempted break-in recently too.
The neighbors and I have been e-mailing back and forth about the recent crime wave and as I sat on the porch this morning reading the last night's horror stories, I watched an SUV pull up and drop off a hooker. The neighbors have also had problems with prostitutes in the area, but the sheer number of pick ups and drop offs is starting to rival the bus stop.
One neighbor, has been e-mailing back and forth with an Indianapolis Star reporter and shared part of their correspondence with me. She's given me permission to share part of what she wrote with our readers. (I've removed our street name and block number for my own security. With thousands of readers from across the country, it only takes one nutcase...)
I've lived on the 100 block north on Drexel Ave for 2-1/2 years and find myself baffled at the crime in my neighborhood. My family has personally been victimized by robbery on a number of occasions, an attempted home invasion that was unsuccessful, and vandalism, but my neighbors have been less fortunate. Over the past 90 days, there have been 127 incidents logged within a ¼ mile radius from my home, many of which involved personal violence or theft.
To be honest, I don't want to move. I'm sure you're wondering why, given the numbers above, but I couldn't ask for better friends and neighbors. On my block, the population is comprised of professionals, law enforcement, healthcare workers, concerned community members and volunteers. However, despite living near such wonderful and friendly people, our neighborhood has been on the radar for individuals that seek to take what isn't theirs, hurt the innocent and push drugs and sex as a means to financial gain. In speaking with families that have been in my area for many years, this apparently has been a consistent pattern with only minor interruptions as IMPD launches the occasional prostitution sting within close proximity, but the effects are always short-lived.
I'm scared for the present and afraid for the future of my community. We're tired of being targeted and are desperate for Mayor Ballard to pull out all the stops and do something defining about this situation. Our streets are overflowing with criminals on the east side that are being churned through a system that is overcrowded and understaffed. It's time to put an end to this and make Indianapolis worthy of the world-class reputation we so highly touted in order to clinch the 2012 Superbowl.
My question is: What do we need to do in order to get the kind of response from IMPD and the Mayor's office that could quell this upswing in crime?
Apparently we need to build a big wall. Maybe if Ballard thought we could attract tourist dollars, he'd be willing to do something about this crime wave.