Tower Grove residents urged to report crime when they see it

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – “I'm outraged about the robberies going on in the city and the district I command.”

Captain Mike Deeba with the St. Louis Police Department came to Wednesday’s Tower Grove South Neighborhood Meeting urging the residents for help.

“I've had it, and I need your help,” Captain Deeba said.

“And how do I need your help? I need everyone to report what they see.”

Deeba says there have been 6 robberies in the neighborhood since the beginning of the month.

The latest violent crimes were two back to back carjackings.

Monday night just after 11 pm, police say two men pointed a gun at a man in the 3700 block of Hartford and stole his wallet, cellphone and Lexus.

Then, early Tuesday morning around 1:30a.m., police say three men carjacked a woman near Morganford and Juniata.

“I think it's terrifying for everybody. I don't necessarily feel safe and that's a reason to come to these meetings to stand in solidarity with one another and grow a movement for patrols,” said Jeanette McDermott, a block captain in the neighborhood.

Residents are already taking steps to boost safety.

“We'll be walking around after dark, doing it in large groups of ten so we're not volume table,” said Debra Knox Deiermann, who leads the block captains in the neighboring Tower Grove Heights Neighborhood.

“It helps to keep eyes and ears on the street,” she added.

Many block captains are putting together phone trees to hand out so neighbors can keep a closer eye on each other.

“So when people are expected home after dark, they can call each other and watch out the window to see if there's any kind of problem or suspect activity,” said Torrey Park, Vice President of the Tower Grove Neighborhood Association.

Captain Deeba said at the meeting that he has requested the city trim over-grown trees away from street lights more often to keep the neighborhood well lit, a request he says he’ll check back on in the coming weeks.