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South City alderman calling for more officers after spike in break-ins

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(KMOV.com) – A St. Louis City alderman and the people living in his ward are calling for more police as they claim car break-ins have escalated into home break-ins.

Alderman Joe Vaccaro said over the last week he has received numerous reports from residents about their cars getting broken into and one woman reported her home was nearly broken into while she was home. Vaccaro said they are concerned over the lack of police presence.

Vaccaro said he received multiple reports of cars broken into at a parking lot at the intersection of Hampton Avenue and Potomac in the North Hampton neighborhood. He said other reports said cars were broken into in the 5200 block of Winona Avenue, which is located in the South Hampton neighborhood.

However, Vaccaro said what is he more concerning was the resident who lives on Winona contacted him Saturday about an attempted home break-in while she was asleep. The woman told him she found markings on her door that appeared to have been made with a crowbar.

The latest crime stats for the South Hampton neighborhood show that in the month of August, total crime had come up 26 percent compared to August 2013. For the entire year, St. Louis Police said crime went up nine percent for the same neighborhood.

“Just my opinion, I feel like we have seen a lot less of a police presence,” Vaccaro said, “And we would like to get more. And I have to believe the neighbors when I hear that this is an issue.”

Vaccaro said he plans to meet with Police Chief Sam Dotson to discuss crime in his ward and about his neighborhood can see an increase in police presence.

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