The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety strategy of flooding six crime-laden neighborhoods with city services has produced mixed results in the first three months, reports the Indianapolis Star. While homicides are up in those areas, crimes in other categories are down, said Director Troy Riggs. “I can’t sugarcoat the statistics,” Riggs said. “Unfortunately, a quadruple homicide occurred in one of the focus areas.”
Crime Stoppers tips to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department increased 30 percent and to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office 26 percent. Fire fatalities decreased from 10 to none. Criminal homicides increased from seven to nine, and nonfatal shootings went from 22 to 24. The areas are six of the most violent in the city, accounting for 27 percent of all homicides despite representing just 4.7 percent of the population.