IMPD: Majority of 2013 homicides involved previous criminals
Metro Police released some preliminary statistics Sunday night regarding the rise in homicides the city saw in 2013.
After four straight years where the IMPD investigated less than 100 murders, that count was already at 109 by early December of this year.
For comparison, Indianapolis recorded 140 homicides in 2006.
Most telling of this year's homicides are the general profiles of the victims and suspects. The numbers show roughly four in five of the people involved were already convicted criminals.
"Unless you are involved in illegal behavior or live a lifestyle which increases your risk of harm," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said in a statement, "your chances of being a victim of violent crime are reduced significantly.
- 36 (42%) had a previous weapons arrest
- 52 (60%) had a previous drug arrest
- 64 (74%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest
- 25 (38%) had a previous weapons arrest
- 38 (58%) had a previous drug arrest
- 49 (75%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest