ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The latest report from the St. Louis Chief of Police shows overall crime up ten-percent citywide — compared to a rise of 23 percent in January.
In January, murder was up 36 percent from a year ago, while in February it was up seventeen-percent. In real numbers, there were three more murders in February of 2013 than a year ago.
“Domestic incidents accounted for several of those homicides,” said Chief Sam Dotson, “as well as a nexus to the drug trade, and violence associated with the drug trade.”
The February report shows robberies down about nine-percent, aggravated assaults down three-percent, burglary down five-percent.
But rape was up 56 percent, a rise the chief blames on new reporting standards, and larceny was up 27 percent, which the chief blames on license plate thefts.
Crimes against persons also showed a dramatic jump on in south St. Louis, while it fell in the central corridor and north St. Louis.
For February, crimes against persons rose 27 percent on the southside, while falling about 13 percent both in the central corridor and northside.
Property crime in February rose ten-percent on the southside, five-percent in the central corridor and 28 percent in north St. Louis.