(KMOV) – The latest crime numbers released by St. Louis police shows Dutchtown in south St. Louis has had more incidents of crime in 2013 than any of the city’s other 78 neighborhoods.
Dutchtown, bounded by Walsh, Compton, Chippewa and Gustine, has had 367 total crimes reported. Downtown St. Louis had the second most with 309 reported crimes.
The south St. Louis neighborhood had the most murders with four, robberies, 31, armed robberies, 24, aggravated assaults, 72, burglaries, 101, crimes against persons, 109, assaults with guns, 36 and auto thefts with 21.
But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says almost 16,000 people live in Dutchtown, more residents than any other neighborhood.
“It’s a very populous neighborhood-a very densly populated neighborhood-most populated than any other neighborhood in city with five percent population and four percent of the city’s crime.”
Chief Dotson tells News 4 hot spot policing is targeting Dutchtown as part of the citys effort to reduce crime.
Officials note that while police split the downtown into two neighborhoods – downtown and downtown west – the area as a whole had 595 total crimes reported, the most in St. Louis.
Click here to view the whole crime report broken down by each neighborhood.