ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis police credit a significant drop in crime to involved neighbors.
Crime has dropped 27% since officers in the First District and the Circuit Attorney’s Office started working with residents.
Neighbors patrol their streets and show up in court to ask judges for tougher sentences on criminals who commit crimes in their neighborhoods.
“Our plan is going to be very aggressive on quality of life issues in the first district - prostitution, nuissance properties, derelict vehicles, graffiti, all those things that make a place an undesirable place to live, we’re going to change and we’re going to do it with the community’s help,” said Captain Dan Howard.
The captain’s goal is to increase the number of trained, neighborhood watch volunteers from 650 to 1,000 by the end of the year.