INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Making their neighborhood safe and reducing crime is the ongoing mission for some people living in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.
The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association has been organizing weekly public safety patrols with help from the Indy Ten Point Coalition.
Organizers believe the efforts have been paying off. There have been four since October.
A small group of people joined together in prayer outside of the Martin Luther King Community Center Tuesday evening.
The group prayed for a safe night before patrolling the streets of Butler-Tarkington. They walked several blocks along West 40th Street to Cornelius Avenue checking for working street lights and abandoned homes.
“Residents are trying to get engaged,” said Ted Feeney, Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association President. “In some ways it’s good for people to join together strength in numbers. It’s a way to see the neighborhood outside of your own circle,”
It was about three months ago when the neighborhood was shaken up by several violent crimes, including four homicides.
Feeney said the area has been fairly quiet since community engagement has increased.
“There’s a lot of positive momentum and this is just one of many items that’s happening,” said Feeney. “What we’re doing is trying to work with law enforcement and effective tools that have worked in other parts of the city.”
And other neighboring communities, like Crown Hill could be following suit.
The Indy Ten Point Coalition is planning to organize neighborhood groups south of 38th Street after a homicide in the 3700 block of North Illinois Street.
“Like the word says, it says ‘let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath,’” said Eddie Owens of the Indy Ten Point Coalition. “We need more of that so that’s what we really need to do. We need love, more love.”
The patrols will be a weekly thing for now, according to Feeney.
The next patrol is scheduled for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The group will meet outside of the Martin Luther King Community Center.