Police chief: Crime rates drop across the board throughout St. Louis

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 5:26 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says several different strategies have led to crime rates dropping across the board throughout the city.

 

Earlier this year, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was given an extra $30 thousand dollars to help pay for officers overtime.

“You know, we had an increase in aggravated assaults in the beginning of the year, we tried a number of different strategies. In August, we tried another strategy and it was very successful,” said Isom, who had the numbers to prove it.

Homicides are down nearly five percent from this time last year, while robberies are down almost 17 percent. Burglaries have dropped by 30 percent.

Residents in north St. Louis are especially happy about the news, mostly because it often gets a bad rep.

“It’ll help the neighborhood, the area, be safer for kids and for us to walk,” said resident Jennifer Chatler. “Right now you have to be extra careful with what you do.”

Isom says the drop in crime is a mixture of things, including hot spot policing and assigning officers to special units that focus specifically on robberies and burglaries.

City residents just hope crime continues to decrease.

“If crime’s going to be down, you feel a little safer building a house in a neighborhood you didn’t at first,” said Chris Simpson.

One area of crime that did increase was rapes, which was up by almost 10 percent. Isom said in a lot of those cases, the victim knew the rapist.

 

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