Broad Ripple residents hope more bike cops can cut crime

Broad Ripple residents hope added bike patrols will reduce crime in the village.

People who live and in one of the city's most popular places are dipping into their own pockets to make the area safer.

Neighbors in Broad Ripple are going to pay for increased police patrols after another shooting in the area this past weekend. The plan is to make police more visible Broad Ripple by adding more bike cops who can get up close and personal and be closer if trouble breaks out.

Tina Weaver and her three grandchildren spent the day hanging out in Broad Ripple and talking about staying safe is regular family conversation.

"Not even just children alone, but for everybody coming out to go to dinner, going on walks, going on the Monon, I've seen a lot of things happen," Weaver said.

To try to keep bad things from happening the Broad Ripple Village Association has landed financial support from local businesses to put money in the new Bike Patrol Fund.

During the anti-crime event called National Night Out, people will gather outside The Bike Line. They're sending trouble makers a serious message about more bike cops, like Officer Michael Maxwell.

"It gives you that feel, that good ol' style of policing, where officers used to walk a beat and actually get to speak with people," Maxwell said.

You can already find bike patrols on the Monon Trail, but business owners want them more visible on the street.

Just this past week, officers responded to several people shot outside a Broad Ripple nightclub. Officers arrested 28-year-old Tristan Crayton, saying one of the four people he shot was an innocent bystander.

With even more bike cops on the way, Weaver says her family is already playing it safe.

"Everybody knows not to be by yourself, be on the lookout around you and try to pay attention to what's going on...your surroundings," she said.

The National Night Out event is Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at The Bike Line at E. 65th Street and Cornell Avenue in Broad Ripple. The Broad Ripple Village Association is hoping for a record number turn out to help send would-be criminals a message.