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Fishers PD deploys crime reduction unit

Posted at 8:00 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 20:00:50-04

Explosive growth in Fishers has resulted in a corresponding increase in crime – mostly burglaries, car break-ins and drugs.

At Fishers Police Department, they say they're keeping budding criminals in check by being proactive.

"We've got two intelligence analysts that put a lot of these crime trends together," said Officer Shawn Wynn. "Where is crime coming from? Where's the current trend? And we direct our resources to those areas and because of that, we're reducing crime."

According to the department, there were 82 burglaries in 2013. That number dropped to 52 last year, and the department expects the number to stay at about that level this year.

In 2014, there were 224 thefts from vehicles. That number is down to 132 so far this year.

Fishers has also deployed a crime reduction unit of specially trained officers assigned to troubleshoot high-crime areas to catch criminals in the act.

"We want them visible," said Capt. Ed Gebhart. "We want to make an impact, but then we also want to stay ahead of what's going on, and that's crime reduction."