ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – After dozens of vehicles were broken into over the weekend, St. Louis lawmakers are stepping up to take action. But not just against thieves.
City officials are working on a plan that would leave parking companies more accountable for break-ins and thefts.
The plan, which will be discussed Tuesday, calls for parking lots and garages to staff more attendants, provide employees with cell phones and add better lighting.
If parking companies fail to comply with the plan, they could be fined or shut down under the city’s nuisance ordinance.
Authorities have issued a warning to motorists, suggesting that everyone lock up any belonging inside their vehicle’s truck before parking in a lot or garage.
With thousands of visitors heading downtown for July 4, more officers will be patrolling the streets, but police recommend motorists still take precaution when it comes parking.
Police say it’s also important for drivers to know that all city-approved parking lots or garages are paved.
Any other lot, especially those on the grass, are not, meaning that there is not much security.