ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The latest crime figures show murders up slightly, but burglaries spiking in the city of St. Louis.
In his monthly crime report to the Board of Police Commissioners, Chief Dan Isom said the city has recorded 69 killings through the end of June, compared to 62 at the same time last year.
Burglaries, he said, had increased by 400 over the first six months of 2010.
Isom says the murder numbers in the north and central patrol divisions are flat compared to last year. He says the increase has come in south St. Louis, “As we look at it we don’t see any major patterns in terms of retaliation or gangs, it’s more so personal disputes, areas where drug trafficking in happening”
Isom says the burglary increase is driven by copper thieves. After spiking during a recent Cardinals homestand, the Cheshire cat problem of smash and grab thieves hitting park cars dropped dramatically around the U2 concert, with just two break ins reported.
Chief Isom says his officer officers are “patrolling the areas we believe are the hot spots.”
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