problem properties

Problem Properties
4:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Private Attorneys To Help With Nuisance Property Crackdown

Attorneys from Thompson Coburn watch as Mayor Francis Slay announces plans to have private lawyers help the city prosecute problem property owners.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The city of St. Louis has beefed up the number of attorneys targeting problem properties in the city.

Private lawyers from firms throughout St. Louis, working for free, will supplement the efforts of city attorneys to take the owners of those properties to court.

Those are the buildings that are so structurally unsound they pose a safety risk, or where police get numerous complaints of nuisance crimes.

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Police Armadillo
2:02 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

St. Louis police to get new "Armadillo" tool for targeting problem properties

The St. Louis Police Department will soon have at its disposal an "Armadillo." Like the one from the Peoria police department pictured here, the St. Louis Armadillo will be bullet-proof, graffiti-proof and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.
(photo courtesy of the Peoria (Ill.) police department)

This fall, the St. Louis police department will be getting help conducting surveillance on problem properties from an armadillo.

No, not the hard-shelled mammals you see scattered on highways in the Southwest.

This Armadillo is a former armored car that's been made bulletproof, given a graffiti-resistant paint job, and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.

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