It's one of the most common crimes in St. Louis... the car break-in.
It happens anywhere, anytime... but not likely to happen anytime soon in a parking lot off Locust near Leonard downtown.
In the past couple of weeks there'd been a big problem there. Construction workers rehabing a building across the street had their cars broken into three times in three days... in the middle of the day.
One guy I talked to told me someone took a thousand dollars worth of tools from his car. Another joked, you're not really a St. Louisan until you've had your car broken into. Ouch.
Finally, the Lawrence Group, the company these guys are rehabing the building for, had enough. They rented a mobile surveillance camera unit that gives a 360-degree view of the area 24 hours a day and can record the video. The cost is around $1,800 dollars a month... Less than the amount of damage thieves can cause in just a few minutes.
The workers tell me they appreciate the cameras and the signs all over the place telling people they are on camera... great deterrent.
The company renting out the camera is local. Check out www.247onsitecameras.com if you want to find out more about the contraption watching over people's cars.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He will read comments to this blog.