TOWER GROVE HEIGHTS, Mo. ( - A recent run on violent crime has a south St. Louis neighborhood stepping up to protect itself. 

Residents in the Tower Grove Heights aim to increase security by planning a fundraiser to raise money for security cameras.  

Black Thorn Pub

Debra Knox Deiermann with the Tower Grove Heights Neighborhood Association is one of many behind a Pizza for Cameras benefit scheduled Saturday.

"We have noticed [in] all neighborhoods across the city, an uptick in carjackings and other crimes," said Deiermann. "We think the cameras will make a big difference in identifying perpetrators of crime and easier for police to help make prosecutions."

The group will offer pizza and games at Black Thorn Pub from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. All money raised will go towards neighborhood cameras. 

Black Thorn Pub owner David Difani's says his business gets a lot of buzz but the neighborhood around it is a different story.

"So far, we have been very successful and crime has not been much of a factor for us here. We want to keep that way. We want to work proactively to see it stays that way," said Difani. 

Just over a week ago, St. Louis police arrested two juveniles accused of shooting and killing a retired officer during an attempting robbery near Tower Grove Park.

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