Police pin high crime rate in neighborhood on amount of property rentals - KMOV.com

Police pin high crime rate in neighborhood on amount of property rentals

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis police are responded Monday to resident concerns; and they’re fighting crime by increasing curb appeal on Chippewa Street near River Des Peres.

Police tell News 4 they’ve been called to the 6900 block more than 130 times just within the past year.

Part of the problem, according to authorities is that almost everyone who lives there rents.

There are six businesses and 23 four-family flats along the historic Route 66.

It’s also the first thing you see when you leave St. Louis County.

Police say now they need landlords’ help to tackle what they call ‘quality of life’ issues.

Crimes on the block include two robberies, seven aggravated assaults, two burglaries and a stolen car.

They want renters and landlords to take as much pride in their homes as homeowners in nearby St. Louis Hills.

Police have partnered with Lowes and a local landscaping company to offer exclusive discounts to the property owners in this block.

If this program works, police plan to take it to other blocks with a high density of rental properties.

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