Forest Park boosting security as summer approaches

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The push is on to make Forest park safer with stepped up patrols and tighter security.

This all comes as the weather turns warmer and more people flock to the park for lots of activities.  Car break-ins have been a significant problem in the park.  Last July, nine vehicles were broken into in one night in the lower Muny parking lot.

That is just one of many car break-in incidents FOX 2 has covered in the park.  In addition to the break-ins, there was a fatal shooting near the Grand Basin in September of last year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports starting next Monday, the park will have up to five St. Louis city officers and three armed park rangers patrolling around the clock.  Most of the officers will be in marked vehicles, but some will use bicycles, ATVs and horses between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

There will also be a police dog on call.   The Post reports that the increased presence is in part because of the redistricting that happened earlier this year after the city regained local control of the police force.

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