National Night Out punctuates violent summer in Indy

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Local neighborhoods are taking advantage of a national campaign to make their communities safer tonight on "National Night Out." And during what seems a violent summer in Indianapolis, it takes on more significance.

A recent shooting in one of the most popular areas of the city just last week sent four men, including an innocent bystander, to the hospital. Incidents like that has some in Broad Ripple taking notice and taking action.

Tonight, people in the Broad Ripple area are asked to meet at the Bike Line at 65th and Compton to show criminals they won't tolerate violence here.

One plan is to make police more visible in the popular Broad Ripple area by adding more bike police. The Broad Ripple Village Association is getting financial support from local businesses to pay for them. Bike patrols are already on the Monon, but this will make them more visible on the streets.

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

But it's not just here in Broad Ripple. This summer, it seems shootings and violence have made headlines in so many communities. Those on the west side are using the annual National Night Out as a way to coordinate their efforts and reconnect with police and each other. 

Crime statistics in Marion County, by comparison to a year ago, are mixed.

Criminal Homicide is up 48-percent. Overall, violent crimes are down 4.65-percent.  And overall crime is down 18-percent.