Business on the east side fed up with crime

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Growing concerns arise after crime on the east side. On Monday, business leaders from the city gathered at the Warren Township Library to talk with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The two hour discussion centered on crime in the area, and what business can do to make their office less attractive to criminals.

City councilwoman La Keisha Jackson led the discussion.

This meeting comes on the heals of two high profile cases on the east side.

On Oct. 28, three people were rushed to the hospital after a shooting at Washington Square Mall.

Days later, Mark Miller, a China King employee, was delivering food when a gunman shot him inside his pickup truck during a robbery.

“Once I found that out, it was heartbreaking,” said Joe Harlen, owner of More Than Just Pizza.

During the meeting, Harlen and others listened to suggestions from police. Some of the tips included adding more lighting, calling police to suspicious activity and contacting elected officials about problems.

“I thought this meeting was very productive,” said Art Bouvier, owner of Papa Roux.

The business owners had suggestions for the officers like more patrols at night, a faster response and they asked officers to get to know the restaurants on their beat.

“How can we get the police here faster? That is what I’m waiting on,” said Harlen.

In the past, one of Harlen’s workers had his back window shot out as he tried to deliver a pizza and it turned into a robbery.

Since that encounter and a couple of others, he no longer has deliveries to some neighborhoods at night.

The group is planing on holding another meeting with IMPD to talk about ways to implement those plans.

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