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Spike in crime concerns suburban and rural areas around St. Louis

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A woman was shot in the 5600 block of Enright Tuesday night A woman was shot in the 5600 block of Enright Tuesday night
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The spike in violent crime throughout St. Louis is raising concerns for surrounding areas that are dealing with its impact.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says the increase in drug trafficking, gun thefts, and home burglaries within the county is closely connected to similar crimes seen in the city.

"It does affect this area and what happens here also affects the St. Louis area," said Toelke.

Reports of violence in the Metro East also trace back to what appears to be a growing trend.

Earlier this week, three suspects were accused of carjacking a woman in Edwardsville after first assaulting her.

"Everyone must understand that crime won't stop at the river. Crime won't stop at Jennings Station Road. Crime won't stop at I-170 or I-270," said James Clark of Better Family Life.

Although finding a solution may be difficult, Clark says the entire community must work together to stop the spread of violence. 

"No one at this point can sit back and do nothing," said Clark.

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