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Letter: Notify authorities if you see illegal activity

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From: William Gerhard


Received: Dec. 31

I recently read an article commenting that if the gun crimes in Chicago and several other major cities were removed from the statistical picture of the country, our crime rate would be one of the lowest in the world. I also read that Indianapolis’ violent death rate exceeded Chicago this year. Some people implied that it was caused by too few police or gun control.

Our cities and states have some fine police and fire departments. These dedicated people who fill the ranks risk their lives daily to protect us from those elements within our communities that would wish to cause us harm.

There are places within Jennings County I simply will not go for I don’t feel safe there; I don’t trust the people living there. It is not the number of weapons a household has or the size of the police force that determines the level of criminal statistics within a community. Rather it is the tolerance of the society itself as to whether it chooses to accept or reject that element in its community.

When you observe illegal activities in the neighborhood and fail to report it, you condone the crime. You can report those you see selling and manufacturing drugs, turn in the people suspected of abusing or intimidating others. We must be the eyes and ears of our police and sheriff’s departments.

Every criminal in our community is known to or sheltered and protected by someone. Remove that level of their security and we will all benefit. To have a safe place to live we must each watch and protect our neighbor.

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