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Downtown safety in question after spike in crime

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – People are starting to question just how safe downtown Saint Louis is following a violent 72 hours.

Daniel Domius is a carriage driver with the St. Louis Carriage Company. He and his horse Chuck are always cruising the streets.

"I am very observant to where if I see something that is not up to snuff or what I would think isn't safe, I am not going to take my passengers up there," he says.

Domius says in the past, he could usually count on law enforcement.

"Now we have no one to help us downtown. So what if something did happen? There is no police presence. I would like to see a greater police presence," says Domius.

Like any big city, downtown Saint Louis sees a wide spectrum of crime. Some say it has reached a boiling point.

"The bottom line is what we are doing isn't working and we are not going fast enough," says Missy Kelley with Downtown STL. Inc.

Kelley is instrumental in bringing business and people to downtown. She says after the recent crime events, safety is more of a priority than ever before.

"We need more of a security presence frankly. There are things like better lighting and more security cameras. Those are things my organization is taking a look at to see what we can do to help contribute to the solution," says Kelley.

Kelley says for some people the spike in crime is deterring people from coming here, but for others, she says it has made them want to be part of the solution.

"We've been on this treadmill for a while and there are times when it feels like it is not solvable, but it is. It just that there are so many layers to it and it takes a lot of time," says Kelley.

If you live, visit or work downtown, Kelley says there are some things you can do to stay safe.

· Stay alert

· Walk in groups

· Be aware of your surroundings

You can also take advantage of the Downtown CID guides. The guides can give you directions and even walk you to your car, workplace, or home. Kelley says she has seen an uptick in this service.

For more information, click here.

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