PINE LAWN, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Crime is down in pine lawn thanks to a “zero tolerance” policy.
Over the last two years the north St. Louis County community has seen their burglary rate drop by nearly 70 percent and calls for service have been cut in half.
Police say the change came after putting in a policy of zero tolerance—criminals are arrested and taken to jail for even the smallest of crimes.
“As time went on we had less crime in the city which allowed us to focus our policing on what we call hot spots or concentrate on certain areas to where we could put all of our resources in one area,” said Pine Lawn Police Sergeant Steve Blakeney.
Police say in a neighborhood where 40 new homes are being built, they haven’t had a single thing stolen from the construction sites thanks to this new policy.