IUPUI study: Overall crime down, violence up

Posted at 6:33 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 18:33:45-04

IUPUI's Polis Center has released a new study analyzing crime data in Indianapolis between 2007 and 2014.

The good news: Crime overall has been on the decline for years. The bad news: Cities like Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles and New York are much safer than Indianapolis.

The study also showed the city's 25 most crime-challenged neighborhoods have 10 times more crime than the city's 25 safest neighborhoods. They also have four times more poverty and three times more unemployment.

And, according to the study, titled "Trends in Crime," the neighborhood with more crime than all others is the area around New York Street and Sherman Avenue on the east side.

MAP | 2015 Indianapolis Homicides

On the other end of the spectrum, the city's safest neighborhood was identified as Cumberland, where less than three in every 1,000 residents fall victim to a crime.

The study says overall crime in Indianapolis has dropped to its lowest levels since 2007. Property offenses, which comprise the majority of crimes reported to IMPD, have dropped by 16 percent. But violent crimes have trended up 8 percent over the same period.