ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – You have 1 in 51 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in St. Louis according to the website NeighborhoodScout.com. So far there have been 81 murders reported in St. Louis in 2012. In 2011 there were 113 murders reported.
Many crimes go unreported. Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Dan Isom, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, County Police Chief Tim Fitch and James Clark of Better Family Life are looking to change that. They appear in new PSAs released by CrimeStoppers to help remind people to report crimes.
The videos start with a very graphic re-enactment of a crime. What makes the videos even creepier is that they are local. The scenes and situations occur on St. Louis streets and star locals. They are also very well produced. The PSA for a drive-by shooting even has a slow motion computer generated bullet that flys from a car into a home and kills a young woman.
The videos are very good at making the point that crime happens and if it is never reported then it will never be solved. The spokespersons in the video make a point to say that the CrimeStoppers program is anonymous; they just want your tips.
The program also offers rewards up to $1,000 for tips. So far CrimeStoppers have paid over $85,000 in rewards in 490 cases.
Submit a tip here: stlrcs.org or call 1-866-371-TIPS to report a crime.