To the editor:
Indianapolis recorded its 100th homicide of the year Sept. 9.
This is disturbing to everyone who lives in central Indiana. Recent reports indicate that Indianapolis has the ninth-highest crime rate in America and the fourth-highest crime rate concerning motorcycle thefts.
In addition to these statistics, Indiana ranks first in the nation in pharmacy robberies.
These are disturbing numbers, and the respect for police officers and human life appear to be waning. Until the state legislature changes some rules – and more importantly Christian values are instilled in our youth – this problem is only going to get worse.
I’m happy to report to you that from July 2014 to July 2015, some crimes reported concerning Beech Grove have decreased by 8.6 percent. I believe that speaks volumes about our Police Department and the work that they do every single day to keep us safe.
Does central Indiana have a drug problem? Sure we do. Are crimes committed so money can be gathered to purchase drugs? Yes, and we work diligently to seek the sellers of drugs and get them off the streets.
We all know that any of us can be a victim of crime at any time and at any location. Please pay attention to what is going on around you and remember, “If you see something, say something.”
Dennis B. Buckley
Mayor of Beech Grove