Citizen involvement key in having a safe city

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Gary Varvel's editorial cartoon in the Sunday edition of the Indianapolis Star reflects the mood in Indianapolis. It shows a dark cloud with the words 'fear of violence' looming over the city.

But, there are cities that are succeeding when it comes to keeping their communities safe. In a recent list of the safest cities in Indiana by real estate website, Zionsville, Fishers, and Carmel rank in the top 3.

What are they doing right?

"You have citizen involvement," said Jim White, public safety lecturer for IUPUI's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. "You have to have involvement."

Zionsville's Chief of Police Robert Knox said they do have a community that is involved, including neighborhoods, businesses and elected officials. He said the city has a police liaison for each of the homeowners associations.

While there are many factors at play when considering what constitutes a "safe" city, White believes it all comes down to community involvement.

"In my opinion the number one problem is not police," he said. "Citizens have to step up."