ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) -- Residents and visitors are questioning the safety on Main Street in St. Charles after a man was assaulted and a business was broken into last week.
Police say there is progress against the crime on Main Street despite the two incidents. In January, the department changed how it monitors the area.
"We are seeing them intercept a lot of, and quell a lot of instances before they have a chance to become a larger disturbance or assault or something like that. It has worked out really well," Lt. David Senter said.
Police tell News 4 crime on Main Street is down fifteen percent since last May. In particular, assaults are down thirty-five percent, assaults on officers are down seventy-one percent and property damage reports are down thirty-eight percent from this time last year.
"Definitely more of a presence down here especially on weekends with the horseback," Josh Leifert, store general manager on Main Street, said. "The managers get to know the police officers and get to have a rapport with them."
Officials also credit the decrease in crime to the experienced officers on patrol.