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Chief: Crime Down In St. Louis City

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A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Police Chief says crime is down overall in the city this year…probably due to the cold temperatures.

He says in the first seven weeks of 2014, crime is down overall about 20 percent. But he says he expects more criminal activity as the weather warms up.

He says there is one particular type of crime that’s bucking the trend: car thefts.

“People that leave their cars warming, they leave their keys in it,” he says. “So we’ve had about 350..maybe slightly more now…stolen autos so far this year, ar least 81 of them had their keys in it.”

The city recently adopted a redistricting policy – paring down the number of districts from nine to six. He says in the first few weeks of that, number of service calls and the length of time it takes to respond is about where he thought it would be.

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