Some in Central West End hope Prop P will mean reduced crime in -

Some in Central West End hope Prop P will mean reduced crime in the neighborhood

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Kate Schuldt moved into St. Louis' most-populated community, with her dog, in August. Her neighbors, in recent weeks, have complained of a man lurking and looking into windows along McPherson Avenue.

"I live on the third floor, so knocking on the doors and looking in windows don't bother me too much," said Kate Schuldt.

But, reports of more garage and car break-ins around her home do.

"I have had my bike stolen already. It is this weird feeling. This is the first time I have lived in the city. So, I am kind of adjusting to a different way of life," added Schuldt.

Liza Sueme moved in 11 years ago and won't let a slight increase move her out.

"I always say to people, when they ask, that it can happen in your area of Ladue and it can happen in your area of West County," said Sueme.

Jim Whyte oversees CWE's Neighborhood Security Initiative.

"The better job we can do, helping the police solve crimes, we think has a strong effect in the region when it comes to solving crime," said Whyte.

Whyte, through the NSI, talks with police, tracks crime data and shares information with residents.

He, along with those in favor of Prop P, look forward to the extra money.

"We have adequate amounts, but we'd always like more. We hope with the passage of Prop P, yesterday, will help hire and retain good qualified officers to work in the city," added Whyte.

The numbers don't lie. Whyte says they must put them into perspective. The city's most-populated community has an enormous amount of businesses which criminals prey on.

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