BRAG RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS CRIME WATCH

Engaged Citizens Share Information!

Safe neighborhoods require people communicating with each other.  Reports of criminal activity must go beyond a 911 call to the police. You must let your residential and business neighbors know a crime has occurred. You should report the crime through the BRAG Crime Watch Network so we can broadcast the crime or suspicious activity to your neighbors and area businesses. Through email communication it is possible to put all of the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses on HIGH ALERT when a criminal incident or suspicious activity occurs in any neighborhood or business area. Your neighbors may be able to provide additional information. Your neighbors can be on alert for similar activity or take measures to reduce the opportunities for criminal activity.

If your neighborhood does not have a Crime Watch effort….start one! You can contact the BRAG crime watch coordinators to find out how to start your neighborhood or business crime watch organization. We can help you get started!

For information about joining the BRAG Business Crime Watch Network and obtaining the crime watch alerts visit the BRAG website, binford71.org or send an email to businesscrimewatch@binford71.org.

For information about joining the BRAG Residential Crime Watch Network and obtaining the crime watch alerts visit the BRAG website, binford71.org or send an email to crimewatch@binford71.org.

Be the eyes and ears of your community! If you SEE something, SAY something.

New BRAG Police Satellite Station

The new Police Satellite Station at 71st and Shadeland is NOW OPEN, inside the Castleton United Methodist Church facility.

The satellite station is used by North District officers to file reports, as a gathering point for officers, and occasional North District Roll Call. The station offers a law enforcement presence in the area as well as provides a service to the officers. The office contains a small refrigerator and cabinet stocked with beverages and snacks for the officers.

The office was created and managed by volunteers and is always in need of refreshments, soft drinks, bottled water, candy, chips and snack donations for the police officers who stop by. BRAG makes regular grocery runs to stock the station and eagerly accepts monetary donations to fund the effort. Please send your check marked “Satellite Station” to BRAG, 5868 E. 71st Street E-104, Indianapolis, IN  46220-4078.  Monetary donations are tax deductible.

BRAG Professionals

brag professionals (1)BRAG Young Professionals (YP) started in late 2013 with a goal of engaging the young and “young at heart” in the BRAG area. After two full years of events and programs, the decision has been made to combine both BRAG YP and the BRAG Business Alliance (BBA) into one big initiative for 2016 – BRAG Professionals. We feel that this new name will encourage more businesses and residents to get involved in networking and service events as the term encompasses people of all ages. We also want to continue to add value to our BRAG businesses and feel that hosting events where they can promote their products and services is a great benefit!

The new joining of BBA and BRAG YP means that we have an exciting calendar of events planned for 2016! Our goal is to continue quarterly breakfast meetings that include a speaker and a chance for you to promote yourself and your business. We are open to hearing from you about topics that you would like to see and if you are willing to host an event at your business, that is fantastic! We hope that 2016 will be a year of learning and engaging with fellow BRAG businesses and encourage your participation in this process.

To join the BRAG Professionals email list, join the BRAG Professionals Committee, receive a calendar of events, or for any questions or suggestions, you can contact Kim Mathews (kim@binford71.org) or Brian Queck (brian@binford71.org). Thank you for supporting BRAG and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Enhanced Crime Watch Efforts

IMPD has reached out to neighborhood organizations asking that we encourage all residents and area businesses to step up crime watch efforts. IMPD is concerned that citizens are not reporting suspicious activity and neighborhood and business crimes.

When to dial 911?

  • 911 is the number to dial to report criminal activity in progress, fire, medical emergencies, shots fired, any life threatening incident, and suspicious activity.
  • Stay calm. Give your name, location and nature of the emergency.
  • Answer the 911 Dispatcher’s questions as accurately as possible.
  • Never hang up on the 911 Dispatcher until you are told to do so.
  • Do not dial 911 for non-emergency situations.
  • For non-emergency situations, such as noisy neighbors or a stolen bicycle use the Non-Emergency number: 327-3811

How 911 Works?

Example: What to do if you are looking out of your window and notice a person breaking into your neighbor’s home….

  • You should immediately go to the phone and dial 911.
  • Even while you are talking, an officer is already on the way. Try to remain calm and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability – we understand you may be excited.
  • DO NOT HANG UP! For the safety of the officer who is on the way and all people involved, it is very important that the dispatcher on the phone gets all the necessary information about the emergency and the suspects.

 

Information most needed:

Never tell a 911 operator that a situation is more serious than it really is just to get faster service. It is against the law to intentionally give false information to the police.

911 Emergency Examples:

  • Robbery, burglary or larceny in progress (i.e.: Someone breaking into your home or vehicle or one of your neighbors’ homes or vehicles now)
  • Shootings •  Fires or Medical emergency
  • Traffic injury – crashes •  Person asking for help
  • Domestic Violence / Abuse •  Fights or displays of weapons
  • Criminal activity •  Any suspicious activity happening at the time of your call.

 

Non-Emergency Examples:

A non-emergency call is simply a request for police service that is not a life or death situation, and it is not “in progress”. The non-emergency line is (317) 327-3811. An officer can handle some of these calls over the phone such as:

  • Vandalism (not in progress) •  Stolen property (not in progress)
  • Criminal or Suspicious Activity •  Loud Party

(not in progress)