ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Despite the violence that we all hear about, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the Board of Police Commissioners today that crime is down in the city for the first six months of this year versus last year.
In a board meeting, Chief Dotson said overall crime in the city is down 7.1% for the first half 2013. That translates into 957 fewer crimes.
Chief Dotson told the board that crimes against people are down 20.1% in that same period.
What`s more, Chief Dotson said that crime has decreased 46% when you compare the figures now to those in 2006.
Chief Dotson told the board that after a spike in January, homicides are trending down versus last year.
He did concede that property crimes like burglaries and larcenies are presenting challenges to the department.
In fact, the chief said property crime is up 6.9% in North City.
To try and combat the property crime problem, Dotson says special strategies are being employed.
The chief also revealed that additional 'hot spot' policing strategies are being developed that will be put into action and presented to the board next month.
Those involve workers analyzing data to find out what types of crimes are historically more likely to occur in certain neighborhoods during particular times of the year.
Dotson said the effort basically provides 'hot spot maps' with 'predictive' characteristics to help police identify potential problem areas and address them quickly.
The chief hopes that information can be used to focus efforts in areas where they are needed.
In a separate note, chief Dotson told the board that construction on the new police headquarters building at 1915 olive is officially underway.
The new city police headquarters is expected to be ready in the second of April next year.