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Welcome to Indianapolis!

Tips for Visitors
Indiana Sales Tax is 7%
Ticket Scalping is Legal
Alcohol Laws
You must be 21 to buy alcohol.
The legal BAC limit for driving is .08%
Bars can serve alcohol until 3 a.m. if they wish.
We have liquor stores everywhere and good prices.
Only liquor stores sell cold beer
Gambling
State Lottery
Off Track Betting downtown at Winner's Circle Pub
The nearby towns of Anderson and Shelbyville have horse tracks and casinos.
There is riverboat gambling on the rivers surrounding the State.
Try down at Evansville or Lawrencburg or up north by Gary and Chicago.
Links to Indiana Gambling
Roads & Parking
Indianapolis has been referred to as the Crossroads of America.
Indy is intersected by more segments of interstate highway than any
other metropolitan area.  More than half of the nation's population
lives within a day's drive of Indianapolis.
The speed limit on the highways within Indianapolis is 55 MPH.
The speed limit on Interstates outside of the city is 65 or 70 MPH.
People usually drive 60-70 MPH on the 55 mph city highways.
Keep it under 70 mph and you shouldn't get ticketed.
Speeding tickets in Indy are $150.
You can turn right on a red light unless its posted that you can't
Beware, the police sometimes patrol in plain cars or SUV's.
Indianapolis Room tax is 18%  Restaurant tax is 9%, Car Rental tax is 17%
(Surrounding counties have lower taxes.)
Individuals can buy or sell  tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc.
Smoking
You can smoke in casinos.
You cannot smoke in restaurants and bars.  Many bars have an outdoor area in
which you can smoke.  Currently you can smoke in bars in Fishers (NE side),
Beech Grove (SE side), Greenwood (South)
Indinanapolis and surrounding towns.
The gold lines are the major highways.  It takes about 1/2 hour to get from one side of the city to the other using 465
Maps
You may have someone tell you to meet them at The Circle - the center of the city.
There is a tall monument there, called The Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Rising 284 feet from
street level, it is just 17 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
1895
Market Street and Meridian street intersect at the circle.
City Size & Demographics
361 Square Miles, making Indy the 12th largest city in the U.S.
Single family average home price is $120,600
There is a skywalk and tunnel system downtown
Convenient walkable access from hotels to the city's best restaurants, performing arts,
entertainment, sports, museums and parks. Using the skywalks to get around is a great way to
navigate the city while staying indoors.
Indianapolis is a clean and relatively uncongested city.  
Compared to a big city like Chicago, Indy is a small town.  
However, our murder rate per 100,000 people exceeds Chicago's which is 15.1 homicides per capita.
In 2013, Indianapolis saw 140 homicides to its 822,000 citizens for a homicide rate of 17 per 100,000 people.

Indy's murder rate has climbed year after year.  In 2017, a record 155 murders were reported.  
Map showing the six most dangerous Indianapolis neighborhoods in 2017

Indy is on pace to have even more homicides in 2018.  I created a web page to try and track the details of the
crimes:  
2018 Indy Homicides.   This is a time consuming task as all the local media must be checked daily.
Information comes out in bits and pieces.  Often the names of the victim are never even reported by the media.
So, any missing information you see is not because of me, but because of our local news departments or
police department.
The Circle
The brick road is circular around this monument and traffic flows one-way: counter-clockwise.
This area is why one of Indianapolis' nicknames is "The Circle City".
It is occasionally blocked to traffic for various festivals.
The Indiana Symphony's theater is on the circle.
You can go inside the monument when it is open.
Lights are hung up on the monument during Christmas.
820,445
2007-2011 the median income was $42,704.
POPULATION
61.8% White
27.5% Black  
9.4% Hispanic
2.1% Asian
57% own
(2010 Census)
HOUSING
SIZE AREA
MONEY
INDY TIPS FOR VISITORS
Warm beer, wine, liquor may be found in groceries, drug stores, convenience stores.
List of Smoking Places Around Indy - Bars, Hotels, Cigar Bars, Hookah bars
Getting Around
Crime
You do not have to pay for street parking after 9pm.  Instead of putting coins
in a meter, you will see a sign in front of your parking spot with a number.
You must look for a nearby Parking Payment Box and pay there using this
number.  You can use cash or credit card.
Happy Hour is illegal.  However, bars are allowed to have an all-day drink specials.
Indiana State Flag
19 stars = Indiana was the 19th State in the union.
Torch represents liberty and enlightenment
Marijuana
Indiana prohibits all forms of marijuana use.  [Update - CBD oil has been legalized.]

Any amount can get a first time offender 6 month in jail and a $1000 fine.

A joint can get a person with a prior drug offense 1 year in jail and a fine of $5,000.
If they have more than an ounce, or sell to a minor, it is a felony punishable by 1-6 years
imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
City Guide Home
Indiana Bands
Bars & Taverns
--Craft Breweries
--Distilleries
Clubs
Coffee Shops
Colleges
Entertainment
--Music Venues
--Play Venues
--Cinemas
Conventions
--Comic Stores
Festivals
--Beer Fests
Gambling
Government
Hotels
Camping
Laws, Tips & Maps
Media
--TV
--Radio
--Newspapers
Things to See
--Museums
--Memorials
Indy Speedway
Shopping Malls
--Art Galleries
--Unique Shops
--Antique Stores
Smoking Allowed
Sports
Transportation
Webcams
Note: as of 2018, you can now buy carry-out alcohol on Sundays in Indiana.
Deterring Vehicle Theft
Never leave your keys in the ignition or leave the car running, even for a moment. Estimates indicate that 80% of all
stolen vehicles were left unlocked, and 40% had keys in the ignition. Some auto thieves hang around convenience
stores and gas stations.  

Park your car in a well-lit, busy area. This is for your personal safety as well as for the safety of your car.

Do not leave ANYTHING visible in the passenger compartment of your car when parking. Lock all items in the trunk
prior to arriving at your destination.  Car alarms are excellent for deterring thieves.

Reducing the Risk of Violent Crime

Sexual Assault:
•  Use initials instead of first names on mail boxes and phone listings.  
•  Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry room or parking garage.  
•  Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are alone.  
•  It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you have just met.  
•  If you decide to physically resist assault, remember that your goal is to incapacitate the attacker long enough
to run to safety and get help.  
•  If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call police immediately. Do not bathe or change clothes or you
may destroy valuable evidence.

Robbery:
Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of money. Always think ahead. For example, when traveling at night,
have your keys ready to enter the house or  to start the car. If a robber confronts you, the best advice is to cooperate.
If you resist, there is a greater chance that you may be hurt.  

Bank Machines:
When using an automatic bank teller, always be watchful of any suspicious people around you. The chances of being
robbed at night are much greater, especially if you are alone. If you find someone waiting and watching outside in the
area of an ATM machine, do not use it. Leave the area and report the incident to the Police immediately. You could
save someone else from being a victim of crime.  

If possible, use ATM machines located in well-populated grocery stores or gas filling stations to reduce your risk of
becoming a victim.  

What To Do If Your Purse or Wallet is Lost or Stolen

To help account for the contents of your wallet, it is a good practice to photocopy them on a periodic basis.
Copy both sides of each license, credit card, library card, video rental card, etc.  If your wallet or purse is stolen,
the account numbers and phone numbers will be available to facilitate the calls you make to report your cards stolen.
Keep the photocopy in a safe place.  

If your wallet or purse is lost or stolen, cancel your credit cards immediately, but, remember, the key is having the toll
free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.
File a police report in the jurisdiction where it was stolen. This will provide credit companies proof you were diligent,
and is a first step toward an investigation.  

Call the three national credit-reporting organizations and the Social Security Administration immediately to place a
fraud alert on your name and social security number.   The numbers are:  
•  Equifax:      1-800-525-6285            
•  Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742  
•  Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289  
•  Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Security on the Street On Foot:

•  Stay in well-lighted, busy areas. Avoid walking alone and avoid known trouble spots.  
•  When you carry a purse, hold it close to your body rather than by the handles. Do not wrap purse straps around
     your wrist, because you can get hurt in a struggle.  
•  Carry only what you need in a purse or wallet, not everything you have.  
•  Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys, fields, or vacant lots.  
•  If you think you're being followed, cross the street and change directions a few times. Go quickly to a well-lighted
     place with lots of people. Do not go home. You don't want an attacker to know where you live.

On Wheels:

•  Keep your car in good running condition  
•  Always roll up the windows and lock car doors  
•  Avoid parking in isolated areas.  Be especially alert in lots and underground parking garages  
•  Don't pick up hitchhikers  
•  If you think someone is following you, don't head home.  Drive to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or
     other open business to get help  

Personal Safety Tips

Walk Assertively:
Street criminals often choose their victims at random, preying on people who appear easily intimidated and
vulnerable. Assertive body language can help prevent assault. Look as though you may cause an uproar if bothered.  

Walk with a Companion:
The old "safety in numbers" cliché is as accurate as ever. When you walk at night with a companion, continue to be
AWARE AND ALERT.  

Stick to Well-Lighted Walkways:
Avoid sidewalks where shrubs, alleys and dark doorways can hide attackers.

Protect Yourself in a Crowd:
In a crowd, wear your purse over your shoulder with the opening toward your body. If someone grabs it, let go. Put
wallets in a front pocket or your jacket. If you feel that you are being followed, cross the street and change directions
a few times. Walk or run quickly to a well-lighted shop or where crowds of people can help if needed. DO NOT GO
HOME. You don't want to let an attacker know where you live.  

Using an Elevator:
When using an elevator, be with friends or family. Stand close to the door and near the controls with your back against
a wall. If a situation arises press the alarm button and press as many floor buttons as possible, this will afford more
opportunities for escape.

Shopping:

•  Shop before dark if possible, and with a friend. Park only in well-lighted parking lots.   
•  Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle's trunk. Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed.   
•  Avoid carrying large sums of money. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.   
•  To discourage purse-snatches, don't overburden yourself with packages. Have your purchases delivered whenever
     practical.   
•  Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry only what you need, and put it in a pocket.   
•  Teach children to go to a store clerk or police officer and ask for help if you become separated. They should never
     go into the parking lot alone. Identity a place inside the mall to meet if you become separated.   
•  Do not leave children alone in vehicles.  
Tips on Crime Prevention by IMPD