crime

Crime Report
9:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

'Concern' And 'Alarm' Over Uptick In Homicides In St. Louis

Police chief Sam Dotson and Ald. Sharon Tyus speak after a particularly contentious meeting of the Public Safety committee.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated on April 29th to clarify that the data released by the circuit court dealt only with the speed of getting gun possession cases to final disposition.

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says a big uptick in homicides in 2014 is "concerning and alarming."

The chief spoke to the Board of Aldermen's public safety committee on Thursday to discuss the latest crime statistics. There have been 44 murders since the beginning of the year. That compares to 30 people by this time in 2013. 

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Neighborhood Watch
3:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Programs Could Get State Funding Under Proposed Bill

Communities in high crime areas could receive state money to match local and private funding.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Legislature is considering a proposal to provide state funds for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.

Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, sponsored the bill, which would create a state fund to match money for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.

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Crime
10:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

It’s been my experience that people are normally murdered for one of two reasons: money or sex. When I share that observation, somebody will invariably suggest that I add narcotics to my short list of prime motives for slaughter. That idea seems reasonable at first but upon further review, it turns out to be redundant.

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Crime
7:20 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Commentary: Echoes Of Gunfire -- A Man Dead, FBI To Investigate Police

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Let’s begin by acknowledging that the words “legal” and “wise” are not synonyms. It would be legal, for instance, to install aluminum siding on my brick home but that would probably not be a wise course of action. Just because there is no legal barrier to doing something, it does not necessarily follow that it’s a good idea to do so.

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County Crime
4:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Crime In Parts Of St. Louis County The Lowest In 44 Years

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Crime in the parts of St. Louis County covered by the county’s police department dropped 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to numbers released by the department today.

This is the fifth straight year for a decrease - something St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch called a "great accomplishment."  The latest figures bring the total level of crime to its lowest point since 1969.

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Crime Statistics
5:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Some Aldermen Take Critical View Of Rosy Crime Report From Police Chief

Crime in St. Louis seems to be going down, but city alderman say people still don't feel safe.
(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

Check out your neighborhood's crime stats with the interactive map below.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department presented their crime statistics to the city's public safety committee today.  And even though the raw numbers show overall crime was down in 2013 compared to 2012, some aldermen say their residents don't care about the numbers if they don't feel safe.

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Not Robin Hood
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Commentary: Cursing Toddler And Chris Christie Stories Show Harm Done By Thugs

Robin Hood statue in Nottingham, England
Credit Wikipedia

In America, we celebrate our thugs. They’re entrenched in the popular culture as familiar threads in the social fabric —collectively speaking, an integral part of who we are. After all, who didn’t like Tony Soprano?

Because they exist in the shared imagination as mythical figures, it really doesn’t matter that much whether the thugs are real or fictional. Al Capone and Don Corleone are equally well remembered.

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Crime In St. Louis
1:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Crime Down Overall In St. Louis, But Homicides Rise

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Updated at 4:30 p.m. with quotes from Chief Sam Dotson and 2013 neighborhood data.

Despite an increase in the number of homicides, crime was down more than 5 percent overall in the city of St. Louis last year.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released its final numbers for 2013 today. Violent crimes — those committed against individuals— were down by more than 10 percent, while property crimes dropped more than 4 percent.

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Sentences Commuted
11:25 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Commentary: Of Criminal Justice And Executive Reprieves

President Barack Obama
Credit Pete Souza | White House | 2010 photo

You can be just or you can be merciful but it’s damned hard to be both simultaneously. Barack Obama may have pulled off that difficult trick when he recently commuted the sentences of eight people serving extended time for crack cocaine violations.

Perhaps moved by the holiday spirit, the president exercised his constitutional authority to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States” and released the federally imprisoned octet in time for its members to be home for Christmas.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hot-spot Policing To Continue After Redistricting

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

After an increase in robberies and burglaries in South St. Louis, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson sent extra forces into three neighborhoods Monday as part of continued hot-spot policing efforts.

"Hot-spot policing is the way we do business," said Dotson. "What it does is takes resources and puts them in neighborhoods that have seen an increase in crime or problems that I'm trying to stem."

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