City Leaders, Stakeholders To Address Southeast Side Crime

People living on Evansville's southeast side are grappling with crime once again.
People living on Evansville's southeast side are grappling with crime once again. Early last week a potentially deadly homemade bomb was found at a southeast side apartment complex. Days later, a shooting in broad daylight sent two men to the hospital.

Evansville City Councilwoman Missy Mosby, D-Ward 2, plans to meet with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin, and a group of area neighborhood association presidents later this week to talk about how they can address the ongoing violence.

"It's terrible that anyone is being shot but to think of a child to become a victim... I just can't sleep at night worrying about this," says Mosby. "That is one of the main reasons why I'm just reaching out, wanting to do something about it immediately before it gets to the point that some innocent bystander is shot."

Tom Littlepage is president of the Southeast Side Neighborhood Association. When it comes to fighting crime, he says communication among neighbors is key.

"You have to physically band together and work together to defeat this kind of problem because the criminals are organized," explained Littlepage. "If you're unorganized, that's a huge disadvantage for you. If they're gonna be organized then you better be organized because if you're not, your life is just gonna be miserable."

Neighborhood stakeholders have been taking to Facebook and Twitter, asking people to report crime if they see it. They're advising people to call 911 if they see suspicious activity and encouraging them to utilize the anonymous WeTip Hotline (800-78-CRIME) if they're afraid of being identified.

Mosby suggests overcoming indifference or fear of reporting crime would help police get the tools and information they need to address violence, something she says would help everyone in the Evansville community.

"One of the main reasons I keep fighting the good fight is to make sure it's a safe place for all of us and our families," said Mosby.
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