Hot-spot policing to focus on South City neighborhoods - KMOV.com

Hot-spot policing to focus on South City neighborhoods

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police in St. Louis are launching a round of hot-spot policing in South City on Monday.

The latest initiative will send extra officers to the Dutchtown and Gravois Park neighbors. Some of the officers will be in uniform and others will be undercover.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said these locations were already chosen as a target for focused patrols before an officer-involved shooting in early February. Crime is up in both neighborhoods. January crime numbers in Dutchtown were up 36 percent compared to 2014 with the largest increases seen in burglaries, larcenies and aggravated assaults.

Crime in Gravois Park was up nearly 60 percent compared to January 2014 with burglaries and larcenies becoming more common.  

The St. Louis Police Department says previous hot-spot policing efforts have helped get guns and drugs confiscated during arrests. 

St. Louis officers saturating Dutchdown and Gravois Park for the next week are looking specifically for burglars, robbers and hoping to tackle the uptick in theft of warming cars. Dotson said Dutchdown is the most densely populated part of St. Louis.

"With density comes crime and whether it's property crime or person crime, any time we have a chance to push that down," Dotson said. 

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