(KMOV) – Violent crimes are on the rise in two south St. Louis neighborhoods.
According to residents and hard data, Dutchtown has experienced a sharp increase in murder and rapes over the past two years. In 2011, four murders were reported. That number doubled in 2012.
The number of rapes has increased each year too, as 12 were reported in 2011 and 14 were committed in 2012. Already 15 have been reported in 2013.
Another neighborhood, Carondelet, has seen the biggest increase of sexual assaults under the new definition of what police consider “rape,”
Four rapes were reported in 2011. That number rose to six in 2012. Through October of 2013, 18 rapes have been reported.
The south St. Louis neighborhood had the biggest jump in the city under the new definition from 2012 to 2013.
“Carondelet did? I’d have to look at those numbers, because Carondelet is once again a unique neighborhood, I think those numbers are low, and those rape statistics are low as a city. I’d just attribute to the way things are being reported,” said Capt. Dan Howard with the St. Louis Police Department.
Police say they have upped their presence in both of those areas. But some Carondelet residents told News 4 they would like to see more cameras and more street lights.
The numbers are not all bad though, as the number of murders overall in St. Louis have flat lined, with 113 reported in 2011 and 2012. Through October of this year, 93 murders have been reported.