(KMOV) – St. Louis police say they are increasing patrols in Forest Park this summer to combat crime.
Starting this weekend, police estimate there will be double the number of officers than this time last year.
The uptick in patrols is in response to a record number of car break-ins inside the iconic park last year. At one point, 44 vehicles in the park were targeted by thieves over a three-week period starting in July.
Thieves targeted cars parked at places such as the Muny, the Art Museum, the Boat House and baseball and softball fields.
St. Louis police say they expect the park to be even more of a destination this summer with Fair St. Louis relocating there.