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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said stolen guns are part of what's causing an uptick in crime in the city.
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As of August, homicides in St. Louis are up 60 percent compared with last year, according to recently released statistics from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

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The 2013 crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were released last week, with mostly positive results. The city continued its five-year downward trend in both violent crime and property crime, but there was a 6 percent increase in homicides. And, a jump in the number of rapes is attributed to a change in classification of what constitutes rape.

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It was a crowded agenda for the five members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today. Here's a recap of some of the main agenda items:


B0th police chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay are downplaying a jump in the crime numbers in January.

The report released today shows total crime was up 23 percent last month compared to January 2012. There were 11 murders last January, and 15 this year.

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The City of St. Louis released its annual crime statistics on Wednesday.

The numbers show a 12.4 percent decrease in so-called “Part One” crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts.

The total number of murders committed in 2012 was 113 (the same as the previous year)

2013 will also be the first year for a new definition of rape, which has been broadened to include victims of same-sex assault.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the new definition will create a more accurate picture of sex crimes in our city.

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Updated at 5:43 p.m. to include comments from Chief Isom and correction in data.

There's more good news on crime today in the St. Louis area.

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1971: that was the last time the number of serious crimes was as low as it was in 2011 in St. Louis County, a report from the St. Louis County Police Department says.

Here are some of the statistics from the 2011 index crime report:

  • St. Louis County police said Wednesday that crime dropped 2.4 percent in 2011 compared to 2010
  • The county, with a population of about 1 million, had 17 homicides in 2011, matching the number in 2010.
  • Rapes declined 10 percent, vehicle theft dropped by 20.7 percent, arson was down 3.5 percent.