ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Residents of Dogtown and nearby neighborhoods met with police Wednesday to discuss how to stop a recent rash of break-ins.
More than 150 residents from Clayton-Tamm, Clifton Heights, Franz Park, and Dogtown gathered to discuss how to keep the neighborhood safe. St. Louis Police provided residents with information on how to increase community safety and organize a citizen patrol.
“We’ve got shift workers coming home at 3:00 a.m. I run at 5:00 a.m. in the morning so I see a lot of weird things, and there are people who are able to have eyes during odd hours and that recall helps the police because they can be everywhere at all times and that’s what we need,” said resident Josh Wiese.
All residents on the citizen patrol board will have to be trained by police. The sergeant who led the session in Clayton says citizen patrols are not meant to be confrontational, if a citizen sees something suspicious they should call police.