Metro area rises on car-theft list

There are 52 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 26, 2007, titled Metro area rises on car-theft list. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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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Collinsville, MS

#45 Apr 26, 2007
Just remember crime is up and the mayor is democrat.
INDY

United States

#46 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.
IF YOU READ THE STORY FT. WAYNE WAS MENTIONED ALSO.
Joe

Chicago, IL

#47 Apr 26, 2007
Indy Resident wrote:
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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.
ummm Indy has that reputation too, especially if you talk to people out of state. So I guess we're both "blue collar white trash towns"!
Tom

Washington, DC

#48 Apr 26, 2007
If only people on these boards could have sensible and rational discussions about articles. People either just say "Bart Petereson, thanks a lot!", without giving any argument as to why only the mayor should be blamed for certain issues. If not doing that people, people just call each other racists.

Why can't you people simply read the article, and discuss what you read in the article.

Unless you can give a solid argument about the direct connection to mayor's administration and the MODEST increase in auto-theft, please don't post these ridiculous verisimilitudes purporting a cause and effect relationship.

The economics of crime are complex. Hundreds of factors are responsible for dips and increases in crime rates, factors that are often far beyond the scope of local governemnts.

Certain Peterson administration policies may be implicitly connected to crime rates. What's more, solving such problems requires the efforts of everyone in a community. Pointing the finger at one individual does nothing to solve the problem. Instead of wasting time writing banal posts, attend community meetings, attend public hearings at city hall, get involved in the situation if you desperately want a quick resolution.

Since: Apr 07

Portland, IN

#49 Apr 26, 2007
Tom wrote:
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Why can't you people simply read the article, and discuss what you read in the article.
Unless you can give a solid argument about the direct connection to mayor's administration and the MODEST increase in auto-theft, please don't post these ridiculous verisimilitudes purporting a cause and effect relationship.....
Well, first; This is a public forum where people can post anything, be it suggestions, fact, opinions, or just general venting.

The Mayor does have a hand in this. His 'consolidation' has thrown the local law enforcement community into turmoil. The criminals know this and are exploiting it. And his prioritization of other less important, but costlier projects has also contributed.

However, he and this are (obviously) not the only problems. The prosecutor's refusal to press charges (see my pg 2 post) in many of these cases and light or no sentence for those that are convicted has created an environment of tolerance for criminals such as these.
Indy Resident

Lyons, IL

#50 Apr 26, 2007
Joe wrote:
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ummm Indy has that reputation too, especially if you talk to people out of state. So I guess we're both "blue collar white trash towns"!
Ft. Wayne isn't even in the same league. Ft Wayne's a mid-sized city or small town. Indy is a city. Your economy relies a little more on trades than professions. And I've travelled all over the country (all 50 states...repeatedly), and parts of the world. Indy, especially over the past 10 years or so, has a very good reputation. I suppose if one, compares Ft. Wayne to anytown Kentucky, you may feel ok.
Joe

Chicago, IL

#52 Apr 26, 2007
INDY wrote:
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IF YOU READ THE STORY FT. WAYNE WAS MENTIONED ALSO.
Yeah, Fort Wayne was 212th, moron. Probably one of the best rankings in the Midwest.
Joe

Chicago, IL

#53 Apr 26, 2007
Indy Resident wrote:
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Ft. Wayne isn't even in the same league. Ft Wayne's a mid-sized city or small town. Indy is a city. Your economy relies a little more on trades than professions. And I've travelled all over the country (all 50 states...repeatedly), and parts of the world. Indy, especially over the past 10 years or so, has a very good reputation. I suppose if one, compares Ft. Wayne to anytown Kentucky, you may feel ok.
Well, "Indy has a very good reputation" except for 2 little important areas, murders and car thefts! And for large cities aren't you one of the fattest cities in America??

Don't even compare Ft. Wayne to Kentucky, you are showing your ignorance with that statement.
Chris

Sausalito, CA

#56 Apr 28, 2007
Where is Bart wrote:
I would hope concern would be rising in the Mayor's office with each article on the increase in crime in Indianapolis, but that does not seem to be the case. The mayor better quick sticking his head in the sand before it's too late.
By the way, have you noticed that the panhandlers in downtown Indianapolis are becoming more aggressive? I don't recall them being that way when Mayors Hudnut and Goldsmith were in office. It seems the police have been instructed to stay clear of the them. In fact, I rarely see police officers anywhere downtown anymore unless they are moonlighting and directing traffic for road construction companies.
Where is Brainard? Once again, you are an example of a poster who did NOT read the article. The article is about the METROPOLITAN area, not just Indianapolis or Marion County. So, this includes the entire 9-county region.

Also, if you read the article, you would see the article clearly states that car thefts in Indianapolis/Marion County DECREASED in 2006/
Chris

Sausalito, CA

#57 Apr 28, 2007
VinceFoster wrote:
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Well, first; This is a public forum where people can post anything, be it suggestions, fact, opinions, or just general venting.
The Mayor does have a hand in this. His 'consolidation' has thrown the local law enforcement community into turmoil. The criminals know this and are exploiting it. And his prioritization of other less important, but costlier projects has also contributed.
However, he and this are (obviously) not the only problems. The prosecutor's refusal to press charges (see my pg 2 post) in many of these cases and light or no sentence for those that are convicted has created an environment of tolerance for criminals such as these.
Vince, try reading the damn article next time!

The article is NOT about Marion County/Indianapolis. It is about he Indianapolis METROPOLITAN REGION, which includes several counties.

Also, if you had read the article, which clearly neither you nor half the other posters bothered to do, then you would have read that car thefts in Marion County DECREASED in 2006.

Of course, even reading the HEADLINE would have told you that the article was about the METROPOLITAN area and not just Marion County (which by itself actually experienced a decrease in car thefts in 2006).
Chris

Sausalito, CA

#58 Apr 28, 2007
Joe wrote:
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Well, "Indy has a very good reputation" except for 2 little important areas, murders and car thefts! And for large cities aren't you one of the fattest cities in America??
Don't even compare Ft. Wayne to Kentucky, you are showing your ignorance with that statement.
Joe, you are awfully touchy about Ft. Wayne? I have family and friends that live there, and it is a nice small city, which has its problems just like any other place.

It is certainly no better than Indianapolis, and it lacks many amenities that Indianapolis has. However, it is a fine place for what it is and most residents who live there are okay with Ft. Wayne being Ft. Wayne--and they aren't on this message board posting nonesense and trying to claim Ft. Wayne is better than Indianapolis. Just enjoy where you live and get over it. If you keep on being defensive and making silly claims about how Ft. Wayne is the most wonderful place and Indianapolis isn't, then its kind of like your some whiney guy shouting that you have a big penis, which is that if you have to say it, then it most likely isn't true!
voiceofthepeople

Elgin, IL

#59 Apr 28, 2007
What is causing the drastic increase in crime? Economics!!! Maybe the Statehouse should be concerned about jobs and business!!!!! People dont make enough here compared to a new tax increase every 5 minutes. Oh well, I am sure everyone will vote the same do nothing politicians back in. Maybe when we are freezing to death in tent cities people will vote out these people.

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