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    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/18257714/detail.html

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Burglars have hit more than 10,000 homes so far this year in Marion County, causing thousands more residents to feel unsafe and unprotected in their own homes.

    Indianapolis' burglary rate increased by more than 20 percent in 2007, and the number of burglaries in 2008 surpassed last year with a month left to go.

    Within the last 10 weeks, police have arrested 50 suspects in residential burglaries in the city's north district alone, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

    While the number of arrests is staggering, it has had little impact on the overall crime rate. While police can have the burglars put in jail, they cannot keep them there.

    Of the 28 adults arrested in that 10-week span, half have already been released from jail. Of the 22 juveniles arrested, 20 have been released.
    Three juvenile burglary suspects -- ages 13, 14 and 15 – spent less than three hours behind bars before they were let go.

    "They're releasing so many of them immediately that … they're not afraid of getting caught," said IMPD Maj. David Allender.
    Police said that the numbers don't support a common notion that the economic downturn is driving the increase in crime.

    Of the 50 most recent arrests in the north district, 66 percent are age 20 and younger, suggesting they likely aren't trying to support families.
    "I'm not believing that these people are feeling the full effects of the economic downturn yet," Allender said.

    About two months ago, police formed a city-wide task force to address the burglary problem, and the arrests are up. Police are frustrated because of the revolving door at the jail.

    "We want to always be sending a strong message that our enforcement strategies are serious," said IMPD Lt. Marshall DePew, of the burglary task force. "More than anything, we want people to feel safe in their homes."
    Jail overcrowding is a significant factor in early release for adults. Officials choose to provide programs and counseling for juveniles, instead of incarcerating them.
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    Maybe more should be going to the morgue or ICU, than juvenille
    Retired Lawdawg & Proud IMPD Papa!




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    • #3
      Originally posted by 55-502 View Post
      Maybe more should be going to the morgue or ICU, than juvenille
      In a perfect world...

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      • #4
        God I hate burglaries. I hate taking the reports and walking thru their house and seeing that someone invaded their sense of security. Vehicle break-ins used to be the norm for kids but they have moved up to B Felony Burglary. I wish we could catch more that are still in the homes.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MCSD241 View Post
          God I hate burglaries. I hate taking the reports and walking thru their house and seeing that someone invaded their sense of security. Vehicle break-ins used to be the norm for kids but they have moved up to B Felony Burglary. I wish we could catch more that are still in the homes.
          +1 If we could make an example out of a few of them i think things would change really quick.
          METRO965

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          • #6
            How many do we catch in the house or business? 1/20 mabye. It sucks. Then they are right back out.

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            • #7
              Well, it pretty much comes down to greed. Thankfully the era of frugality is upon us. As soon as things such as HDTVs, speakers, etc. get cheaper and cheaper, it won't even be worth stealing them as everyone has one and resale won't be very much. Yea, we will always have addicts willing to steal 20 of whatever just to get $30 for a quick fix.

              Until folks take pride in their possessions and secure them (or better yet, don't even waste your money), we will keep seeing these crimes. I had a smash and grab into a vehicle. They went after the laying in plain sight satellite radio device. Of course they went through the two glove boxes, but found nothing and left after that. What they missed was $5,000 in cash this lady had in the vehicle in another area. $5,000 cash....wow.

              I don't understand why folks don't get a basic security system. Do they just not work very well or are some large agencies too busy to respond to them as a priority run?

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              • #8
                Replying to IPDBRAD. You know since I have gotten on the department, I have been concerned with the lack of accountability with the prosecutor office as well as with the judges in addition to the News Media I.E. channel 6 Sanchez/ Channel Russ Mcquade etc. Your article quotes channel 6 news, but it appears there was no public outcry over this. However, as seen in the pass as soon as an IMPD Officer messes up and I'm not referring to the Officers who totally disregard the law, the public is all about firing, taking away take home cars and so forth, but if I was the average citizen, I would be ****ed!!! that half the people that have been locked up are back on the streets to cause more crime. Where are the educated people of this city??? You know two beautiful houses that are vacant next to where I live were just broken into. The usual was stolen, copper, stoves etc. People wonder why no one wants to move to the so called hood, well I wouldn't either if I had to fear all the time that my dam- air condition unit may be stolen!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stunna1bg View Post
                  ...but if I was the average citizen, I would be ****ed!!! that half the people that have been locked up are back on the streets to cause more crime. Where are the educated people of this city???
                  You have to understand the mentality of a large % of the people in the Indy metro area (as well as the state). A lot of 20-30 somethings that were born and raised here come from parents and grand-parents who likely worked in a union shop. A lot of former factory jobs were union, and the union mentality is strong here. To me, the union mentality isn't inductive to logic and reasoning. Too many people in this state believe that education should end after high school or college and you should then be set for life. Not only that, we are talking about a group of people who now "bleed blue" all because their NFL team finally started making the play-offs. Where were these people when the team sucked for years? They were rooting for the Pacers. When the Pacers crashed and burned, they left them in the blink of an eye and everyone was magically a die-hard football fan. This is the population that had no problem allowing their governments to raise unreliable taxes (food and beverage, rental car, and hotel) to build a $1,000,000,000.00 playground so they can watch adults play kid games.

                  I love being able to point this out to folks wondering why there are so many criminals with such a length criminal history out on the street. I tell them elections have consequences and they seemed shocked. Most folks I speak with who vote are "me, myself, and I" socialists. They only care about their pet issue and who will take care of that issue for them. Four of my relatives were victims of crimes within weeks of each other. Thankfully nothing serious. However, crime isn't one of their pet issues until it really affects them in a serious way. Until the crime rate really spirals out-of-control, they just won't care. As long as they can go out on Sunday and drink and watch Pay-A-Ton throw some balls around, they are happy. Apathy is going to destroy this country.

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