Crime prevention forums offer home safety measures

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Tuesday morning, five people were robbed within about an hour and a half of each other on the city’s southeast side.

Police say some of the victims were also pistol whipped.

A short time later, IMPD caught the man who they believe is responsible.

On the heels of this crime spree, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a series of meetings to educate residents about home protection.

They say their goal is simple: to keep anyone else from becoming a victim.

In addition to Tuesday’s robberies, other crimes in Marion County have shocked the community, like two brutal home break-ins in October.

One was on Spring Mill Road, where a couple was attacked and tied up in their home.

The other happened at a house near 79th Street and College Avenue, where a family was robbed, one person was shot and two were sexually assaulted.

The prosecutor’s office says, the goal isn’t to scare anyone, it’s to help with prevention using simple ideas, like trimming bushes around a home to better see outside. Also, they say don’t post updates on social media about vacations.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said the forums offer common sense ideas, but everyone walks away learning something new.

“We file 50,000 criminal cases a year, everything from the most petty sort of offense, such as public intoxication, all the way up to the most serious, homicides,” Curry said. “But we feel it’s important through our community prosecution division to have this program, and we have several other programs, that hopefully will help prevent any individuals out there from being a statistic among those 50,000 cases.”

The forums are free and open to the public:

  • Date:         Wednesday, February 26
  • Time:        6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hope Community Church, 7440 Hague Rd., Indianapolis
  • Date:          Monday, March 10
  • Time:         6 p.m.
  • Location:  John Wesley Free Methodist Church, 5900 W. 46th St., Indianapolis
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