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Brentwood residents concerned about crime meet with city leaders, police chief

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Brentwood Neighborhood Watch (Credit: KMOV) Brentwood Neighborhood Watch (Credit: KMOV)

BRENTWOOD, Mo. ( – Residents of a St. Louis County community say they are fed up with a recent rash of crime on their streets.

On June 28, Brentwood residents met with city leaders including the police chief, demanding answers about what is being done to stop the crime.

The Brentwood Police Department says they are also concerned about the recent crime on residential streets.

In mid-June, there was an armed carjacking and a home break-in within a block of each other in a subdivision close to Tilles Park.

Some of the residents that attended the meeting live near Tilles Park. They say they want police to “beef up” patrols.

“I do see them, they are patrolling during the day and at night especially with spotlights. That's all great but these crimes are still happening so something else needs to be done,” said Ashley Frederic, concerned resident.

Dan Fitzgerald, Police Chief for the Brentwood Police Department said his department is trying to address crime.

“We are trying to do stuff like this [hold a meeting] and communicate with the neighborhood and help them be a little more safe, maybe some more lighting. Lock your cars, bring your valuables inside would be helpful. We have increased our patrols quite a bit in the neighborhoods,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald says he has approved overtime for officers to increase patrols, specifically between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on residential streets.

He says cars will be stopped, resident or not, to make sure no crimes are taking place.

Police say they are focused on finding the Tilles Park carjacking. The car was recovered in East St. Louis, but the suspect remains on the loose.

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