Hundreds turn out to join forces to stop crime during "National -

Hundreds turn out to join forces to stop crime during "National Night Out"

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 (KMOV) --A recent spike in crime in the city of St. Louis has many worried. Since the weekend, detectives have been busy investigating two triple shootings and three murders. Some of those suspects are still out on the streets.

News 4 wanted to know what’s being done to keep people safe.

City officials say this has been a violent couple days but they believe it is nothing more than a spike.

On Tuesday night, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson participated in National Night Out and they hope it will help bring crime down in the city.

National Night Out comes on the heels of three murders and two triple shootings in just four days. 

Police Chief Dotson said, "Those isolated incidents are that…they happen but this is what the community's about; things happening tonight."

 More than 100 residents showed up to Greg Freeman Park along with Mayor Slay and Chief Dotson.

Mayor Slay says despite the last few days crime is down almost half in the city over the first six months compared to seven years ago.

Mayor Slay said " there's still too much crime and we can do a lot more to reduce crime in the city and we're doing those things."

In addition to the violent crime, there has also been a spike in car break-ins.  More than two dozen cars were broken into in Forest Park on Sunday night.  Mayor Slay says they are fighting the problem by adding more than 40 officers who are assigned to focus on stopping this crime.

Neighborhoods all over the St. Louis area participated with the same goal in mind…stop the crime.

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