FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Recent statistics show that there is a decrease in crime on the southeast quadrant of Fort Wayne, but area residents say this is incorrect.
The Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics show a 24.93% decrease in crimes in the southeast part of town which, according to Fort Wayne Police, translates to 400 fewer 911 calls made in the area. This is based on the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2021.
The crimes included are homicides, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, vehicle theft, arson, and human trafficking.
“I’m seeing residents in southeast Fort Wayne take ownership in where they live again,” said Mitch McKinney, Fort Wayne Police, Deputy Chief of the Southeast Quadrant.
Deputy Chief McKinney also credited the 6th District councilwoman Sharon Tucker and the “ground-level” police officers who patrol the area, to bridge the gap between police and community.
“You have to be boots on the ground,” McKinney said. “We are out there meeting with folks, asking them ‘what’s happening with you?’ ‘what’s happening with us?’ and ‘how can we work on solutions together?'”
Betty Davis is a resident in the southeast of Fort Wayne and she does not agree that crime is down in her area.
“Them stats lying, them stats lying all day. I don’t see anything going down, do you,” Davis said. “It’s so many shootings going on around here it’s ridiculous, I don’t see any police in sight.”
Another resident named Tony told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that he has a mixed reaction. He feels the southeast is safe, but there is room for improvement.
“Safe, yeah, nice neighborhoods, but you do have some bad going on. You hear things in the back of your block,” Tony said. “The shootings, things like that, and that’s not cool.”
McKinney added that with crime decreasing in the area, it has the potential to bring businesses such as grocery stores back to the area, so southeast residents don’t have to travel far for those services.
“I encourage everybody who has a neighborhood association, reach out to your neighborhood liaison officer and make sure they are coming to your meetings,” McKinney said. “If you can’t reach out to them, reach out to me at 427-1319 . Because if we aren’t communicating we’re dying.”