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Study shows violent crime happens on five percent of St. Louis streets

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Police responded to a shooting in the 2100 block of College Saturday morning. Police responded to a shooting in the 2100 block of College Saturday morning.

(KMOV.com) – A new study a criminologist from UMSL reveals the violent crime in St. Louis City occurs on five percent of the streets.

The study, conducted by Rick Rosenfeld, examined every block in St. Louis. It found that since 2000, more than half of the violent crimes happened on just 800 blocks throughout the city.

“It’s not likely that a street block that ranks up there is going to be up there for say five of the 15 years. There’s some movement in and out of that top group,” Rosenfeld said.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he uses the data to strengthen police department practices. He said police efforts shift because the area considered the most violent is shifting.

“When you put resources, police officers into an area and you address the crime that’s happening there, the area calms down. That area, the street calms down so you move to the next area,” Dotson said.

Rosenfeld said violent crime is more contained to certain areas than previously thought. Neighborhoods that have high rates of violent crimes only have a few extremely dangerous blocks. Rosenfeld said areas with high violent crime have high unemployment and lots of vacant and abandoned buildings.

“High levels of crime affect all of us. Directly or indirectly. High levels of crime affect children in those neighborhoods, on those blocs, for whom gunfire may be a daily occurrence,” Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld also said many other big cities are seeing spikes in violent crime.

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