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Do you ever wish there was an app where you could quickly voice a safety concern? The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a free app that gives you easy access to submit tips and photos, receive alerts, and locate stations, anytime, anywhere.

In May 2016, the SLMPDMobile App was launched by the department. This app is a crime-fighting application which allows citizens to submit tips, report crimes and request city services from the City of St. Louis Citizens’ Service Bureau. The app was developed by MobilePD, Inc., and can be accessible on IOS and Android. The SLMPD is the first law enforcement agency in Missouri to release a public engagement app and the second major city in the United Stated to launch MobilePD’s new real-time citizen reporting platform.

This app was developed in an effort to increase transparency and openness with the community, with the ultimate goal of increasing crime tips from citizens. On the app you have access to submit an anonymous tip to be the eyes and ears of SLMPD. When submitting a tip, you have the option of selecting from an array of categories such as panhandling, theft, suspicious activity, graffiti, murder, sexual assault, robbery, assault, abuse, drugs, weapons, gun shots, noise complaint, and even to commend an officer or complain about an officer misconduct. Tipsters have the option to include their GPS location, text a photo and have a secure two-way chat with officers. There are additional features such as emergency push notifications alerts, finding a list of all SLMPD stations and a directory, reading the Chief’s blog, signing up for Periscope to get a direct link to the SLMPD feed, accessing Twitter, Facebook, Videos, and Instagram to follow SLMPD on social media, and the ability to submit requests for various city services to the Citizens’ Service Bureau.

This app gives the St. Louis community an opportunity to work together and make the City of St. Louis a safer place for families and neighborhoods.

 

To access the SLMPD website visit: https://www.slmpd.org/index.shtml

*This information was gathered from the SLMPD website and Apple’s App Store

Cristal Campocasso – Safety & Security Intern

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St. Louis crime data for the month of July is now available, and below is a summary of crime in Forest Park Southeast:

  • 32 Total Crimes
    • 39.13% increase compared to July 2018 (23 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault
      • Increased: arson, auto theft, burglary, larceny
      • No change: rape, robbery
    • 4 crimes against persons (2 assaults, 2 robberies)
      • 33.33% decrease compared to July 2018 (6 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • 146 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 20.66% increase compared to this point in 2018 (121 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide, rape
      • Increased: arson, auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change:
    • 29 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • 30.95% decrease compared to this point in 2018 (36 crimes)

 

Map of all crimes in FPSE, July 2019:

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Click here for a more detailed overview of July crime in our neighborhood.

St. Louis crime data for the month of June is now available, and below is a summary of crime in Forest Park Southeast:

  • 31 Total Crimes
    • 63.16% increase compared to June 2018 (19 crimes)
      • Decreased: auto theft, burglary, homicide
      • Increased: larceny
      • No change: arson, assault, rape, robbery
    • 9 crimes against persons (5 assaults, 4 robberies)
      • 10.00% decrease compared to June 2018 (10 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Sundays and Thursdays.
  • 114 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 16.33% increase compared to this point in 2018 (98 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide, rape
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson
    • 25 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • 30.56% decrease compared to this point in 2018 (36 crimes)

Map of all crimes in FPSE, June 2019:

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Click here for a more detailed overview of June crime in our neighborhood.

***Please note: This will be my last month as the WUMCRC safety and security intern.  My replacement has not yet been found, so future monthly reports may be delayed depending on how soon a new intern is hired.  We greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition.  If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please contact Jes Stevens at j.stevens@wustl.edu.

I have completed my monthly analysis of crime at the neighborhood level, and here is what I found out for the month of May in Forest Park Southeast:

  • 12 Total Crimes
    • 63.64% decrease compared to May 2018 (33 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, auto theft, larceny, rape
      • Increased: robbery
      • No change: arson, burglary, homicide
    • 4 crimes against persons (2 assaults, 2 robberies)
      • 63.63% decrease compared to May 2018 (11 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • 83 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 5.06% increase compared to this point in 2018 (79 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide, rape
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson
    • 16 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • 38.46% decrease compared to this point in 2018 (26 crimes)

Below is the map of all crimes in FPSE in May:

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Click here for a more detailed report of last month’s crime in FPSE, including additional maps and other data visualization.

Preventing Auto Theft

Posted: May 21, 2019 in Current News

Auto theft is up this year in Forest Park Southeast based on crime data from the police department.  Although the neighborhood has become one of the most walkable parts of the city, many residents do own cars and visitors to the neighborhood often drive here.  No one wants their car stolen, and we would also like to see the rate of auto theft stop rising so quickly in the neighborhood.  This post will discuss some simple ways to prevent your car from being stolen.

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  1. Keep track of your keys!
    • One of the first things police may ask when you report a stolen car is, “do you have all of your keys?”  A somewhat common practice among car owners is to place a spare key under the wheel well or somewhere else on the car they think is “hidden.”  Unfortunately, criminals have caught on to this practice and will often check for keys before breaking into a car they want to steal.  Yes, it’s inconvenient to be locked out of your car, but you know what’s even more inconvenient?  Having no car at all because someone found your “safe” key hiding spot.  NEVER leave your spare key(s) where a criminal can access them easily.
  2. Secure your vehicle at all times
    • This may seem like common sense, but a surprising number of car owners become comfortable with leaving their doors unlocked, windows down, etc., especially when parked near their home or even in their garage/carport.  Even if you generally feel safe in your own neighborhood, an unlocked door or open window makes your car an easy target.  Even if you’re just stepping away from your car for a few minutes, make sure all windows are up and the doors are locked.
  3. Park as smartly as possible
    • If you have a garage or carport, park your car here when not in use.  If you park on the street or in a parking lot, try to park in a well-lit area.  Good lighting significantly deters criminal activity.  If parking along Manchester, keep in mind that many businesses have their own security cameras and/or cameras federated through the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s camera network.  Parking within view of these cameras may help deter car thieves, or if your car is stolen the criminal will at least be visible on camera.
  4. NEVER leave valuables in your car
    • Always take phones, tablets, wallets, purses, backpacks, suitcases, or anything else of value out of your car when you get out.  Even something as simple as loose change can be enough to encourage a criminal to target your car.  Ideally, leave absolutely nothing in your car when you leave it, or keep your items in a locked trunk or locked glove box if you must leave them in your car.
  5. Use a physical anti-theft device
    • This can be as simple as a steering wheel lock or more complicated like a kill switch or engine immobilizer.  It’s really up to you, but anything that makes your car more difficult to steal will deter criminals.  As is often said for bikes, your car doesn’t have to be the most difficult to steal, it just has to be more difficult than others around it in order to deter criminals.  Additionally, your insurance company may offer a discount on your premium if you agree to use an anti-theft device.  Click here to learn about the best types of anti-theft devices.
  6. NEVER leave your car running unattended
    • Almost half of all auto thefts occur because the car owner failed to take reasonable basic precautions such as turning the car off when not in use (see also point #2).  Sure, it may feel nicer on a cold winter morning or hot summer day to get into a car that’s already been heating up/cooling down, but this also opens a wide door for a potential thief.  Not to mention that leaving your car running unattended is also illegal (you could be fined up to $100!), is a waste of gas ($$$), and creates unnecessary air pollution.
  7. Consider using a tech-based auto recovery tool
    • Technology can pretty much do everything these days, and helping you find your stolen car is one of the many things included in this.  There are several app-based car security systems that use GPS technology to track your car’s location.  One great option* is CarLock ($58.95 on Amazon) which uses a GPS tracker placed in your car connected to a smartphone app.  The app will monitor your car in real time and notify you automatically of suspicious behavior.  If interested in a tech-based anti-theft solution, do some research online to find the best and most cost-efficient option for you.

These tips will significantly reduce your risk of having your car stolen, however it is important to remember that nothing will ever be 100% effective against auto theft.  Even the most secure car can be stolen, it will just be more difficult to do so.  If your car is stolen, you should immediately report it to the police.  After contacting the police, also contact your insurance company to report your car as stolen.

If you happen to see someone breaking into your car (or someone else’s), do not attempt to intervene.  The criminal could be armed and dangerous to your personal safety.  Remember, your car is replaceable, but your life is not.  The best thing to do in this situation is observe details about the criminal and the incident and report these to the police.

Do you have any other tips to prevent car theft not covered above?  Let us know in the comments!

 

*We are not sponsored by CarLock nor do we endorse this specific product.  It is merely used in this post as an example of an available product for tech-based car security.  Please research the best option for you and your car before purchasing any security product.

 

Here is a summary of crime in FPSE during the month of April:

  • 19 Total Crimes
    • 11.76% increase compared to April 2018 (17 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, rape
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny
      • No change: arson, homicide, robbery
    • 4 crimes against persons (2 assaults, 1 rape, 1 robbery)
      • 42.86% decrease compared to April 2018 (7 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Fridays.
  • 71 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 54.35% increase compared to this point in 2018 (46 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson, rape
    • 12 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • 20.00% decrease compared to this point in 2018 (15 crimes)

The map below shows locations of crimes in the neighborhood during April:

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Click here for a more detailed overview of April crime in FPSE

March 2019 Crime Review

Posted: April 23, 2019 in Current News

Here are the neighborhood crime numbers for March 2019:

  • 20 total crimes this month
    • 66.67% increase compared to March 2018 (12 crimes)
      • Decreased: auto theft
      • Increased: larceny
      • No change: arson, assault, burglary, homicide, rape, robbery
    • 3 crimes against persons (2 assaults, 1 robbery)
      • No change compared to March 2018 (3 crimes)
    • Crimes occurred most frequently on Tuesdays.
  • 52 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 79.31% increase compared to this point in 2018 (29 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, rape, robbery
      • No change: arson
    • 8 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • No change compared to this point in 2018 (8 crimes)

Crime map, March 2019:

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Click here for a detailed March 2019 FPSE Crime Report.

February 2019 Crime Review

Posted: April 23, 2019 in Current News

Here is the data on crime in FPSE during the month of February:

  • 20 Total Crimes
    • 150.00% increase compared to February 2018 (8 crimes)
      • Decreased: burglary
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, rape
      • No change: arson, assault, homicide, robbery
    • 4 crimes against persons (3 assaults, 1 rape)
      • 33.33% increase compared to February 2018 (3 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays.
  • 32 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 88.24% increase compared to this point in 2018 (17 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, burglary, homicide
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, rape, robbery
      • No change: arson
    • 5 crimes against persons so far in 2019
      • No change compared to this point in 2019 (5 crimes)

FPSE Crime Map, February 2019:

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Click here for a detailed February 2019 FPSE Crime Report

February 2019 Crime Update

Posted: March 18, 2019 in Current News

Due to significant errors in publicly available crime data, the February 2019 crime report for Forest Park Southeast is currently unavailable.  SLMPD has been contacted regarding the issue with this data.

The February 2019 crime report will be compiled and released as soon as possible after we obtain correct data from SLMPD.

The Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation remains committed to providing high quality monthly crime reports for neighborhoods within our service area, including Forest Park Southeast.  We apologize for the delay and appreciate your understanding as we seek to resolve this issue.

January 2019 Crime Review

Posted: February 15, 2019 in Current News

Here are Forest Park Southeast’s crime numbers for January 2019:

  • 12 Total Crimes
    • 33.33% increase compared to January 2018 (9 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, homicide
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson, burglary, rape
    • 1 crime against persons (1 robbery)
      • 50.00% decrease compared to January 2018 (2 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • 12 total crimes so far in 2019
    • 33.33% increase compared to this point in 2018 (9 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, homicide
      • Increased: auto theft, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson, burglary, rape
    • 1 crime against persons so far in 2019
      • 50.00% decrease compared to this point in 2018 (2 crimes)

Crime map, January 2019:

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Click here for a detailed January 2019 crime report.