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Sunday, July 2, 2006

Indianapolis: Trying to Stop Crime by Cleaning up the Streets

From Indystar.com: On Thursday, a Near-Southside Indianapolis neighborhood served as the starting point for a summerlong effort to lower the city's rising crime problem.

Representatives from Mayor Bart Peterson's office, Indianapolis Police Department officers and crews from agencies including the Department of Public Works picked up 50 tons of trash and used 25 tons of asphalt to fill potholes in alleys and streets. Ten streetlights were repaired, and 55 street signs were repaired or replaced. The city also issued citations to owners of abandoned and poorly maintained lots, though exactly how many was not immediately known.

The effort is part of a wider anti-crime push announced earlier this month by the mayor and police officials that includes increased police patrols in crime-ridden areas. Police officer Stephen Knight disagreed, saying that maintaining areas such as alleys would lessen criminal activity. "Thieves, criminals, generally use places like alleys to make getaways. If (the alleys) look like they're being maintained, if the thieves realize they're being watched, they'll move on to another area," he said.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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