ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- At Monday's Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting, area residents insisted upon more patrols from police following an increase in homicides.
When residents asked police about extra weekend patrols downtown, police said they have an extra five to six officers on patrol in addition to normal downtown street patrols, which residents said was not nearly enough.
Some residents talked about living in fear of thieves and hearing gunshots while living downtown.
Major Michael Caruso addressed the concerns, many of which are related to the Sunday shooting of a 19-year-old Bobby Christman, telling the crowd that the police department had made significant progress on the case in the last 24 hours.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association said it will consider the option of adding additional police officers on the weekends in the downtown area in the future.
In 2014, robberies and car thefts were up nearly 50 percent, aggravated assaults were up 15 percent and total crime against people were up more than 20 percent in downtown St. Louis.