CrimeStoppers initiative paying dividends in College Hill

8:47 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Crime has long put the community of College Hill in the headlines.

Earlier this year four shootings in less than two weeks left three people dead.

"College Hill is just so, there's so much murder. All you need to do is follow the teddy bears, and that is the sad thing because a teddy bear is not meant to mark a grave or a site of a killing, but that's actually what is happening in College Hill," said Pat Woods.

It's a growing problem she has spent the last 30 years watching get swept under the rug.

As a result, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has taken a different approach to solve the problem.

Following four major shootings across College Hill between January 25 and February 4, police presence increased and fliers for CrimeStoppers landed in residents' mailboxes.

Now that St. Louis police have a new plan in action, CrimeStoppers has seen an increase in the number of tips to its anonymous hotline.

"So, hopefully that's helping the police put some pieces together to the puzzle and hopefully they'll be able to make some arrests," said Woods.

She knows there is more work to be done. She lost her 17-year-old son to violence, but won't turn her back on the community.

Woods plans to open the first sit-down eatery in College Hill in three decades.

"That is going to give hope. What this neighborhood needs is hope, and if a person is given an opportunity to get training and actually get jobs, then he or she will want to clean the front of their house, not just a business, and then clean up internally as well to stop the drugs, to stop the violence."

Police now plan to use the same strategy in other neighborhoods.

If you would like to submit an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers call 866-371-TIPS.


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