CLAYTON, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Police are alerting Clayton and University City residents to keep their doors locked and alarms activated. Clayton officers say they caught Rodney Dunlap loading his vehicle with $4600 worth of stolen property from a home in the 8100 block of Westmoreland Avenue in Clayton.
Dunlap is charged with stealing and second degree burglary. University City officers told KMOV Dunlap is also being investigated for a similar crime in University City.
University City is adjusting manpower to increase police presence in neighborhoods near Delmar Boulevard where crime has recently occurred. The hope is to prevent future break-ins.
People say that neighborhood has changed in recent months. In addition to the cop cars, they’ve noticed more non-residents walking and driving through the area.
“We really don’t leave our house at night much even though we have an alarm system,” said Francine Attoun who lives in University City. “We just don’t feel real secure anymore.”
Police officers say there are a few easy ways to keep your home from becoming a target, especially during this holiday traveling season: 1) don’t post online that you’re going to be away 2) ask a neighbor to keep an eye on things 3) make sure your windows and doors are locked.