Metro area rises on car-theft list

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis area posted a higher rate of auto thefts last year than larger cities such as the Washington area, New York and Chicago, according to a report released this week.
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Not Surprised

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Apr 26, 2007
 
All crimes in Marion County have increased in 2006 and 2007. I can't wait to see the stats. on aggravated assualts and car-jackings for 2007. The Mayor, Sheriff and their flunkies tell us Police Consolidation is working just fine. Streetlights haven't stop crime--the cameras don't have an operations center that works. Police reports are a month late getting entered into the system. Please remember this---the brass determine which crimes are entered into the statictics. They lie like hell.
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Apr 26, 2007
 
there should be a law against leaving your keys in your car people all the time leave their car running and unattended while they go inside a gas station how hard is it to turn off your car and take the keys out
Joe

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
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Apr 26, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
Its always great to live in a hicktown, ya racist
Here

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
Indy by itself actually had a slight decrease in auto thefts--4100 to 3900. Read the article!
eric

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Once again the reporters have jumped to the wrong conclusion, Indy does not have too big of a problem for a city our size. This is why our insurance rates are far less than other big cities. Lets not exagerate the problem.
Proud Hoosier

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Apr 26, 2007
 
"When you have a moderate number of auto thefts but a smaller population, you tend to rise higher in these kinds of reports,'' said Frank Scafidi with the Sacramento-based bureau.

Is this Mr. Obvious? I can't believe they quoted this.
Scrap

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Apr 26, 2007
 
One thing they fail to associate is the value of the cars stolen. The past year there has been a dramatic increase in the theft of broken down/junk cars due to their high scrap value. If a large percentage of these cars are older than say 1995 that is the reason for your increase. Just look at all your "junk" tow trucks and guys with trailers around town hauling "junk" cars. Pull em over & see if they have titles for the cars before they hit the scrapyard. Or better yet make sure the scrap yards require titles before they crush them.
CAR THIEF

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Apr 26, 2007
 
With a little extra work next year we can crack the top 30!!
gwjackson

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Apr 26, 2007
 
It doesn't matter where the city ranks if your car is the one they took.

But said before, a little bit of caution goes along way in preventing your car being stolen.

Besides, leaving your car running, using unnecessary fuel, isn't quite prudent in this day of costly fuel.
Stop Crime

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Take your keys out of the ignition, and do not leave it running unattended...DUH
Think

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
One of the highest? It's 50th. Indy, I believe, is the 12th largest city in the U.S., and we are 50th in car thefts. The car theft rate per capita is lower than many cities smaller than us.
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Apr 26, 2007
 
Naptown wrote:
A good number of stolen cars in Indy are done by Juveniles. Adult crime but not the same punishment. Thanks to the soft hands of the Juvenile Court, if a kid steals your car, trashes it and is caught, they might just let him off. Ya know, he's just a kid and all. Judges need to start getting tough on these kids. Your, oh well approach isn't working.
You nailed this right on the head and I hate to be the one to bring the bad news but it's going to get worse. Auto theft is now a releasable offense in Marion County Juvenile, meaning a kid steals a car, he goes home in 2-3 hours. An adult steals a car, they get time. A juvenile steals a car, worst they get now is probation, which they all consider a joke.
Indy Resident

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
I'm sure it's much better in Ft. Wayne, which has a reputation to be the biggest blue-collar white trash town in Indiana - if not the midwest. According to the numbers, Ft. Wayne's rate would be higher. I guess it's ok, because you have plenty of strip clubs, liquor stores, and churches to relieve your pain. Good luck with the "downtown revitalization." It's about to get worse for you folks.
good residents

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Apr 26, 2007
 
there are two auto chop shop on the west side 10th holmes, these place has history. chopping car I live ner and see what going on
Chris

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Not Surprised wrote:
All crimes in Marion County have increased in 2006 and 2007. I can't wait to see the stats. on aggravated assualts and car-jackings for 2007. The Mayor, Sheriff and their flunkies tell us Police Consolidation is working just fine. Streetlights haven't stop crime--the cameras don't have an operations center that works. Police reports are a month late getting entered into the system. Please remember this---the brass determine which crimes are entered into the statictics. They lie like hell.
Surprised, you might try reading the article BEFORE you write comments which make you look very foolish.

First, it's obvious you did not even read the headline because it clearly states METRO area rises on car-theft list--this means the WHOLE metropolitan area, not just Marion County.

More importantly, if you had actually read the article, then you would have learned that car thefts in the City of Indianapolis DECREASED in 2006.

David

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Apr 26, 2007
 
PLAYA wrote:
<quoted text>Its always great to live in a hicktown, ya racist
Hey Playa, you are an incredible moron. YOU are the one that brought up race. Joe did not state anything about it. It's pretty clear who the real racist is --- you! Now go take a hike, pal.
Chris

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Apr 26, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
Good ole Indy, one of the highest murder rates in the midwest and now one of the highest car theft rates. Glad I don't live there.
Glad I don't live in an economically depressed and terminally boring place like Fort Wayne. Apparently, many others agree with me because Indianapolis is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest.

As for crime, not only does it occur in all areas of the country, the crime that specifically occurs in the Indianapolis area is mostly limited to certain neighborhoods. I appreciate that society still has costs even when the victims of crime are mostly confined to a limited area; however, from a pure safety perspective, most people in Indianapolis are very unlikely to ever be a victim of a serious crime. The vast majority of the area of the city and its suburbs are extremely safe, which I think everyone realizes is true; however, headlines blaring "Most people are perfectly safe!" doesn't sell newspapers.
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Apr 26, 2007
 
PLAYA wrote:
<quoted text>Its always great to live in a hicktown, ya racist
Yeah, he's a racist because he mentions the murder and auto theft rates.
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Apr 26, 2007
 
mark wrote:
there should be a law against leaving your keys in your car people all the time leave their car running and unattended while they go inside a gas station how hard is it to turn off your car and take the keys out
There should be a law against people who want all of these laws.

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