(KMOV) -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is pressuring police to solve the recent rash of car break-ins.
Slay says it's hurting the city's image, and he's not alone in his concern. The president of the police board also told the chief that something needs to be done about break-ins in the city, since tourists are being hit hard.
Approximately 1500 cars have been broken into in St. Louis this year. Police Chief Dan Isom says he's using bait cars and undercover officers to help find thieves. But the burglars have the upper hand because police policy prevents pursuits for misdemeanor crimes.
Despite the recent rash of burglaries, the number of cars stolen over the past six years has dropped by 50 percent from 12,000 to 6,000.
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