"Crime has grown by leaps and bounds this summer while all the Mayor has done is raise our taxes and run slick 30-second TV ads that try to fool us into thinking that crime is down," Ballard said. "However, the jig is up, the Mayor's slick ads were contradicted by the front page of this past Sunday's Indianapolis Star. Crime is not down in this city. To the contrary, it will continue to be a major problem until major action is taken," Ballard continued.
What would Ballard do differently? "The mayor must take back control of the police force immediately and introduce smaller community based patrolling districts to help our cops to be proactive rather than reactive," Ballard said, in a pointed reference to Peterson's decision to give up control of the consolidated police department to Sheriff Anderson. "The mayor also needs to implement neighborhood watches in conjunction with community policing to stop the crime wave sweeping our city. We must all work together to solve this crisis," said Ballard.
Ballard cited several crime statistics showing crime on the rise in the city, including a 145% increase in carjackings, 33% increase in aggravated assaults and 3% increase in residential burglaries. Ballard drew attention to this past weekend's robbery of copper tubing from the Gleaner's Food Bank, which resulted in the loss of more than $400,000 worth of food for the needy, and the attempted mugging of NASCAR driver Steve Wallace as examples of the city's increasing crime.
On another note, AI hears the mayor's campaign returned to the field with a second poll this past week after taking an earlier poll just weeks earlier. Unlike his previous campaigns, Peterson's campaign has been playing their poll numbers very close to the vest since he won this year's May primary. Will Mike O'Connor be releasing these latest poll results?