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.

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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:

FPSE_Crime

 

Click here for a detailed January 2019 crime report.

December 2018 Crime Review

Posted: January 17, 2019 in Current News

Here are the crime statistics for FPSE from December:

  • 11 Total Crimes
    • 60.71% decrease compared to December 2017 (28 crimes)
      • Decreased: burglary, larceny
      • Increased: auto theft, rape, robbery
      • No change: arson, assault, homicide
    • 6 crimes against persons (3 assaults, 1 rape, 2 robberies)
      • 50.00% increase compared to December 2017 (4 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Tuesdays
  • 207 total crimes in 2018
    • 9.21% decrease compared to 2017 (228 crimes)
      • Decreased: auto theft, burglary, larceny, robbery
      • Increased: assault, homicide, rape
      • No change: arson
    • 68 crimes against persons in 2018
      • 47.83% increase compared to 2017 (46 crimes)

Crime Map, December 2018:

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Click here for a detailed December 2018 crime report.

I recently finished compiling crime data for November 2018 in FPSE.  The numbers seem to be pretty good this month overall.  Crime is down compared to November 2017.  Here are last month’s numbers:

  • 15 Total Crimes
    •  6.25% decrease compared to November 2017 (16 crimes)
      • Decreased: assault, auto theft, burglary
      • Increased: larceny, rape
      • No change: arson, homicide, robbery
    • 3 crimes against persons (1 assault, 1 rape, 1 robbery)
      • No change compared to November 2017 (3 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Mondays.
  • 196 total crimes so far in 2018
    • 2.00% decrease compared to this point in 2017 (200 crimes)
      • Decreased: auto theft, burglary, larceny, robbery
      • Increased: assault, homicide, rape
      • No change: arson
    • 62 crimes against persons so far this year
      • 47.62% increase compared to this point in 2017 (42 crimes)

Click here for a PDF copy of the November 2018 FPSE Crime Report, complete with data visualizations and comparisons to 2017 crime data.

October may be the spookiest month of the year, this past month’s overall crime numbers paint a bit of a different picture.  Crime data for the month of October in Forest Park Southeast is largely positive, as it indicates a decrease in overall crime compared to October 2017.  See below for FPSE’s October stats:

  • 22 Total Crimes
    • 37.14% decrease compared to October 2017 (35 crimes)
      • Decreased: auto theft, burglary, homicide, larceny, robbery
      • Increased: assault, rape
      • No change: arson
    • 10 crimes against persons (8 assaults, 1 rape, 1 robbery)
      • 25.00% increase compared to October 2017 (8 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Fridays.
  • 181 total crimes so far in 2018
    • 1.63% decrease compared to this point in 2017 (184 crimes)
      • Decreased:  auto theft, burglary, larceny, robbery
      • Increased: assault, homicide, rape
      • No change: arson
    • 59 crimes against persons so far this year
      • 51.28% increase compared to this point in 2017 (39 crimes)

 

Map of all October crimes in FPSE:

FPSE_Crime

Click here for a more detailed report of October crime in FPSE.  This report includes extra charts and maps.

National Night Out: New Date

Posted: October 2, 2018 in Current News

National Night Out in Forest Park Southeast has been officially rescheduled after the original event was postponed due to rain!  National Night Out is happening TODAY (10/2) in Chouteau Park from 6-8 pm.  Stop by for a bit to get to know your neighbors and neighborhood security officers, and also get some free food and have a good time!  All residents of Forest Park Southeast are welcome!

See the poster below for all the details:

fpse_national_night_out

I’ll get straight to the point: the news for crime is not great this month.  Crime is up in Forest Park Southeast for the month of August and up overall this year.  Keep in mind, though, that a single month of data does not necessarily indicate a long term trend.  See below for some summary stats:

  • 20 Total Crimes
    • 5.26% increase when compared to August 2017 (19 crimes)
      • Increased: assault, larceny
      • Decreased: burglary, robbery
      • No change: auto theft
    • 5 crimes against persons in August 2018 (4 assaults and 1 robbery)
      • 25.00% increase compared to August 2017 (4 crimes)
    • Crime occurred most frequently on Fridays.
  • 121 total crimes so far in 2018
    • 5.22% increase when compared to this point in 2017. (134 crimes)
      • Increased: assault, homicide, rape
      • Decreased: auto theft, burglary, larceny, robbery
      • No change: arson
    • 74.07% increase compared to this point in 2017 (27 crimes)

Map of all FPSE crimes, August 2018:

August 2018 FPSE Crime

Click here for a more detailed August 2018 crime report. This report includes extra maps and graphs.

The data are in, and there’s some mixed news for crime during the month of July 2018.  Crime is down in Forest Park Southeast for the month of July but up overall this year.  See below for some summary stats:

  • 23 Total Crimes
    • This is a 4.17% decrease when compared to July 2017 (24 crimes).
      • There was an increase in assault and decreases in auto theft and larceny.
      • There were 6 crimes against persons in July 2018 (4 assaults and 2 robberies).
      • There were 3 crimes against persons during July 2017 (100% increase).
    • Crime was most common on Friday.
  • There have been 121 total crimes in FPSE so far in 2018.
    • This is a 5.22% increase when compared to this point in 2017. (115 crimes)
      • There were decreases in auto theft, larceny, and robbery, and there was an increase in assault.
      • There have been 42 crimes against persons so far in 2018, compared to 23 in 2017, which is an 82.61% increase.

Click here for a more in depth report of July 2018 crime in FPSE.  This report includes graphs and a map of crimes in the neighborhood.

National Night Out 2018

Posted: August 6, 2018 in Current News

Update: National Night Out has been postponed to do the chance of strong storms on the evening of August 7.  Stay tuned to find out the new date once it is determined.

 

One of the best ways to fight back against crime and make your neighborhood safer is by getting to know your neighbors and the officers who patrol the neighborhood.  National Night Out is a nationwide event that aims to do just that—and Forest Park Southeast will be having our very own neighborhood event on August 7th!  The Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood Association, Park Central Development, and the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation have partnered to put this event together for the neighborhood, and we hope to see all of you there, even if you can only stop by for a little while!

Marketing - FPSE National Night Out - Final

Event Details

When: August 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m. til dusk

Where: Chouteau Park (click here for a map)

What: Food, beverages, neighborhood patrol officers, St. Louis Fire Department, kickball, and giveaways!

 

About National Night Out

From the NNO website:

“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.”

Our event in Chouteau Park will be our neighborhood’s official national night out event.  Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and come join us in promoting a safer FPSE community!

 

 

Transit Safety and Security

Posted: July 31, 2018 in Current News

Today marks another day of progress for the St. Louis Metrolink system, as the Cortex station opened to the public for the first time this morning.  This new station will increase access to the Cortex district, an area that has been growing rapidly in recent years as companies open up offices and add new jobs.  As a transit user and enthusiast myself, I am more than excited today, and I feel like this is a great opportunity to address transit safety.

While the Cortex station technically isn’t in Forest Park Southeast (we actually don’t have any Metrolink stations in FPSE), our neighborhood is served by several Metro bus lines.  I’ll be writing about safety on both the train and bus, however, since it’s likely that many people who use the bus in FPSE also use the train from time to time.

Bus Safety

Here are some tips for staying safe on and around Metro buses:

  1. Never run alongside a moving bus after it has left a stop.  Just wait for the next bus.
  2. If you’re using the bike rack on the front of the bus, always approach from the curb.  Also alert the driver as you get off the bus that you need to grab your bike off the front.
  3. Never assume a bus driver sees you just because you can see them.  Light posts, parked cars, and other obstacles can prevent a driver from noticing you.
  4. Never cross the street in front of a bus, unless it is stopped at a traffic light.  Even when a bus is stopped at a light, practice good caution and look both ways before crossing, as vehicles in other lanes may be moving.
  5. Don’t cross the street between parked cars.  Bus drivers may not see you until you have already walked into the street.
  6. Wait for the bus on the sidewalk away from the curb, and use dedicated bus shelters if available.
  7. Make sure a bus has completely stopped before you approach it.
  8. Never let children play around buses, and always hold your child’s hand as a bus approaches.
Metrolink Train Safety

Before we get into the details, check out this fun video from Metro transit in Melboure, Australia about train safety.

Awareness is the key to safety around trains.  Read below for tips on awareness and general train safety.

Safety near Metrolink stations:

  1. NEVER try to beat a train through a crossing.  It takes the length of two football fields for a train to stop!
  2. Always WAIT for trains!  They will pass by within a few seconds, and your life is not worth the risk of potentially tripping in front of a train just to save a few seconds of time.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings at all times!
  4. Use audio and visual cues: trains always sound their horn when crossing streets, and drivers always ring the bell as they approach and depart each station.  The front and back of light rail trains look identical—red tail lights indicate the train is moving away from you.
  5. Stay away from the high voltage power lines that provide electricity to the trains.

Safety on the platforms:

  1. Turn down your music or remove headphones altogether so you can hear when trains are coming.
  2. Always stand behind the yellow line while waiting for a train, and stay behind the line until the train is fully stopped.
  3. Pay close attention to your children when on the platform.
  4. Cross tracks ONLY at designated crossings.
  5. NEVER skateboard, roller blade, bike, or use any other devices with wheels on the platform.  Also avoid running on the platform, as you could trip and fall onto the tracks.
  6. Let other passengers exit before you board the train.
  7. Never stick hands or feet into doors to prevent them from closing.  You could seriously injure yourself, so just wait for the next train.

Safety on the train:

  1. Always give up your seat to elderly or disabled passengers if needed.
  2. It’s safest to say seated while the train is in motion.  If you must stand, always hold onto handrails.
  3. Keep your children near you while riding the train.
  4. If you have luggage, keep it out of the aisle.
  5. If you’re taking a bike on the train, board in the designated locations only.  These areas of the train have space for bikes.
Personal Security on Metro Trains and Buses

It’s no secret that crimes can occur on public transit.  This shouldn’t discourage you from using the train or bus, however, as there are several security measures in place should you find your personal safety at risk.

The first security measure is Metro Public Safety.  This is a network of multiple layers of security for riders.  All Metro public safety officers are sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and responding to incidents and suspicious activity on the Metro system.  Metro contracts with local law enforcement agencies from St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County (IL) to provide security.  Undercover police officers are also used on both trains and buses.  In addition to police, Metro contracts with a private security firm for additional security guards and fare inspectors.

The second security measure Metro now offers is the Noonlight app (formerly called SafeTrek).  This app is available for Android and Apple phones and will notify law enforcement if you are in an unsafe situation on a train or bus, at a stop/station, or walking to a stop/station.  All you have to do is press and hold a button in the app if you feel unsafe, and law enforcement will be notified and dispatched to your location.

A third security measure in place is 24/7 monitoring.  Video dispatchers monitor metro trains, buses, and other property constantly and will dispatch security officers when needed.  Passenger assist telephones are also located at each train station and Metro parking areas.  These phones ring directly to Metro Public Safety.  Security officers can also be reached by calling 314-289-6873 for Metro Public Safety or 911 for police.