News 4 Investigates: Crime Mapping -

News 4 Investigates: Crime Mapping

Our Neighborhood Crime Alert reports viewers to a particular type of crime or series of crimes that are occurring in a local neighborhoods. Each week I pour over numerous crime reports and talk with dozens of police departments to track crime activity and crime trends. Here's a sampling of some of the recent crimes: Someone stole a chain saw, gas drill and copper wire from two Ameren UE trucks in Chesterfield. In Bridgeton, someone broke into a car on Pennridge Drive and stole a laptop and gps unit. A thief stole a car at 9:05 in the morning on Lincoln Trial Rd in Fairview Heights, Illinois. And an 81-year old woman reported that someone stole her purse from her shopping cart while shopping at a K-Mart in Ellisville.

The number of crimes that occur, even by 12-noon each day, are too numerous to report. And the vast majority are too insignificant to report, unless they happened in your neighborhood. And to that end, there are a few ways you may be able to track the crime in your neighborhood, depending on where you live. Residents in St. Louis can use the St. Louis Police Department's Safe City Incident Mapping website to check for crimes in their neighborhood by plugging in their own address and seeing the crimes that have occurred in a radius of 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles or 5 miles. The cities of Maryland Heights, Hazelwood, Kirkwood and Fairview Heights post their recent crime activity on a website called, And the St. Louis County Police Department just debuted a new website that citizens can use to check crime activity near them. It shows crimes in the unincorporated areas of St. Louis County, as well as the communities that contract with the county to provide police service. Click here to see a video where I show how to use the website.

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