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Saturday, September 12, 2015
Indianapolis' Downtown Crime Rate Soars
The downtown mafia sent out their favorite go-to crime reporter, WRTV's Jack Rinehart, to sound the alarm bell that crime in downtown Indianapolis is soaring this year. Capt. Phil Burton from the downtown IMPD district tells Rinehart reported violent crimes are up 43% since the start of the year through the end of August. The picture is much worse for some violent crimes:
Rape up 50%
Robbery up 87%
Assault up 93%
Property-related crimes are also up 48% among all crimes:
Business burglary up 10%
Residential burglary up 22%
Theft up 48%
Vehicle theft up 33%
Rinehart says IMPD's downtown district is unable to keep up with the staffing needs required to match the growth spurt being experienced in recent years in downtown as city planners approve one apartment complex after another to cram as many people possible into the mile square. About 25,000 people currently live downtown, a number that is expected to grow by about 5,000 over the next three years as more cheaply-built apartment complexes become occupied by mostly millennial-aged persons. Whatever is happening in downtown crime-wise, it can't compare to the killing fields of many ignored and burned out neighborhoods throughout other parts of the city.