BEECH GROVE, Ind. (July 8, 2015) - The Beech Grove mayor is back on the offensive, trying to push a persistent drug and prostitution problem out of his city. His latest plan involves posting in plain sight the problem he’s trying to eliminate.
“I wasn't happy with what goes on here, and it is not going to continue because we will do something to make it stop. This is one option and I’m not afraid to do it,” says Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley.
The sign reads “Warning: Prostitution and Drug Area.” Mayor Buckley says he wants to post the signs in specific areas, like right outside of the Motel 6, which locals say is plagued with these problems.
“It is not fair to the people that live here, it promotes a bad image for the city and we don’t need it,” says Mayor Buckley.
Mayor Buckley says he is prepared to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life in his city, and he believes these signs could play a role in that.
But some people don’t think posting a sign will stop illegal activities.
“Would they read it? Would they care? People are going to come over here no matter what. If this is a place that they are going to do their drug deals and all of that they will continue. It happens all over,” says Kathy Miller.
The warning signs are part of Beech Grove’s crime fighting initiative. Issues in Beech Grove came to light after this video of two women fighting at a Walmart went viral, bringing the city negative publicity. City officials have been working with Walmart to reduce crimes there. Beech Grove police are called to the Walmart several times a day for burglary reports.
Buckley says he does not care if property owners are angry if the signs are posted, because he will not tolerate the drug deals, prostitution, and crime in his city.