ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The latest crime numbers from St. Louis police show overall crime is down 7.7 percent — but some neighborhoods appear more dangerous than others.
A report prepared by police shows the Dutchtown neighborhood in south St. Louis has had more crime this year than any of the city’s other 35 neighborhoods. Bounded by Chippewa, Walsh, Compton and Gustine — the Dutchtown neighborhood had 367 total crimes reported, including the most murders (4), robberies (31), armed robberies (24), aggravated assaults (72), assaults with a gun (36), total crimes against persons (109), burglaries (101), auto thefts (38) and arsons (4).
Downtown St. Louis— bounded by the river,Tucker, Cole and Chouteau — came in second for total crime with 309 reported. By a two-to-one margin, the most common crime downtown this year has been larceny (226), which includes the theft of license plates or license plate tabs. Downtown led the city for the number of rapes (7), and downtown has also had some murders (2), robberies (12), armed robberies (7), aggravated assaults (25), assaults with a gun (11), total crimes against persons (46), burglaries (15), auto thefts (21), and one arson.
Downtown West — bounded by Tucker, Jefferson, Cole and Chouteua — which includes the popular Washington Avenue loft district reported 286 total crimes, including larcenies (211), robberies (21), armed robberies (9), aggravated assaults (32), assaults with a gun (12), total crimes against person (54), burglaries (6), auto thefts (15), but no murders, no arsons and one rape.
While police divide downtown into two neighborhoods, visitors who simply go “downtown” are entering an area with the most total crimes citywide so far this year (595), and more rapes (8) and robberies (33) than any other individual neighborhood. Downtown as a whole also dominates the city for larcenies (437) and scored just below the Dutchtown neighborhood for aggravated assaults (57 compared to 72 in Dutchtown), total crimes against persons ( 100 compared to 109 in Dutchtown), and auto thefts (36 compared to 38 in Dutchtown).
The Central West End reported 301 total crimes so far this year, and the highest number of larcenies of any single neighborhood citywide (237). The popular residential and nightlife neighborhood also reported some rapes (4), robberies (9), armed robberies (2), aggravated assaults (7), assaults with a gun (1), total crimes against persons (20), burglaries (21), auto thefts (23) and no arsons.
By contrast, The College Hill neighborhood in north St. Louis, which was the scene of a news conference during the recent mayoral election with police adding extra patrols to discourage crime, reported only 44 total crimes this year including some murders (2), rapes (2), robberies (3), armed robberies (2), aggravated assaults (13), assaults with a gun (8), total crimes against person (20), burglaries (4), larcenies (15) and auto thefts (5)
The Forest Park neighborhood reported no murders, rapes, robberies or armed robberies. There were four assaults and a flurry of larcenies (60) for a total crime year to date of 69.