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Hot Spot Policing: Does it Work?

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Alderwoman Jennifer Florida (Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hot spot policing—does it work after the police move on to the next hot spot?

Tower Grove was flooded with extra police as a part of the “hot spot” program just recently.

So why did somebody break into 18 parked cars there after the extra patrols were gone?

“Eighteen car break-ins is alarming, so the police have come back out and the way you attack that is by making an arrest,” says Tower Grove Alderwoman Jennifer Florida.

Tower Grove Alderwoman Jennifer Florida says the rash of smashed car windows, just after hot spot policing had left, does not diminish her faith in the program.

“It can happen anywhere,” she says. “I’ve watched crime go down in my neighborhood every month for six years. And now, all of the sudden, we’ve spiked in a couple of different areas. So, it’s kind of like watching an investment account. You’re in for the long haul.”

Florida says usually hot spot policing has a lasting effect for about a year.

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