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More security measures coming to downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- More security measures such as new cameras and brighter lighting will be coming to downtown St. Louis in the next few weeks.

The measures come after a recent string of strong-arm robberies, including one that occurred at 10th and Locust. Police believe the same group of suspects are responsible for all of the robberies. 

The new plan for security was put in place before the recent robberies. It calls for four more surveillance cameras, license plate recognition cameras, and brighter street lights.

“What we want now are the surveillance cameras that have red and blue flashing lights on them so that people realize they are on camera and that is a really critical next step to make people realize this is a watched area,” said Missy Kelley with Downtown St. Louis, Inc.

The plan calls for all 3,000 downtown street lights to be replaced with LED lights that are brighter.

“Change out all of the cobra head lights downtown to LED lights which are brighter and whiter and will splash back onto the sidewalk. They will light the streets but also light the sidewalks,” Kelley said.

Areas around the Busch Stadium, the Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center will see the new lighting first.

Downtown robberies are actually down 43 percent compared with 2014, but other areas like downtown west saw a 22 percent increase in robberies. 

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