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Indianapolis crime rate jumps to 30-year high in 2012

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Gary Thrapp was the victim of a shooting last September. Gary Thrapp was the victim of a shooting last September.
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Violent crime in Indianapolis has jumped to its highest rate in nearly 30 years.

In 2011, police reported more than 9,100 violent crimes in the city. That number jumped to more than 9,900 last year.

The violent crime rate had been going down steadily for a number of years, but that trend has turned around.

It has not quite been a year since Gary Thrapp was attacked. His scars are still healing and his sense of awareness is on high alert.

"A lot of people asking me, they are most curious about 'What does it feel like to be shot?'," said Thrapp.

Like it or not, in September of last year, Thrapp became a statistic. The prominent north side jeweler was robbed at gunpoint and shot in his home. The attempt on his life and robbery make him a victim of one of the 9,900 violent crimes committed in Indianapolis.

For six minutes, Thrapp fought the intruders.

"Their leaving was hastened by me being shot, because they brought zip ties, they zip-tied my wife's arms behind her back," he said.

About a month later, Thrapp was back at work. By the end of 2012, Indianapolis had become a more violent place than the year before, with 700 more violent crimes, which included 101 murders, 436 rapes, 3,442 more robberies than the year before.

"Clearly, I think people need to be...to take more responsibility for their own safety. The police just can't do it and we can't rely on them nor blame them for what we should be doing for ourselves," Thrapp said.

It seems some people are taking their safety and security serious. So far this year, 268,000 federal firearm background checks have been done in Indiana, which is on pace to be a record year.

Indianapolis Metro Police are not surprised by the FBI numbers, considering they gave the feds the numbers. Police say that violent crime numbers had been dropping for years.

IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey says in 2011 they had a lower than normal crime rate and comparing those numbers to an average year like 2012 is not really reflective of the overall crime trend in Marion County.

This year, the department is concerned about the criminal homicide rate, which is up 48 percent from year-to-date 2012.

Metro police say they are concerned about the number of assaults and homicides and have been working on a community-wide plan to bring them down

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