If you are planning a visit to St. Louis, here’s the first thing you should know: our community is safe and welcoming to everyone. In fact, St. Louis is as safe as any other major urban area in the United States. When traveling to any metropolitan area, visitors must remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings by taking simple, easy steps to reduce their chances of being a victim of crime.
Yes. Overall, safety in St. Louis is no different than any other urban area. In fact, crime in St. Louis has declined by nearly 50 percent over the past decade. It is important to understand that most criminal activity occurs in a handful of block segments, accounting for the majority of violent crime in St. Louis. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department proactively patrols and responds to these areas, utilizing new and innovative strategies, tactics and technology to keep local citizens and visitors safe. While working to keep the entire city safe for local visitors and citizens the police are focused on reducing crime in these challenged areas of our community.
Because some media in search of ratings and readership attempt to manipulate the annual FBI Uniform Crime Reporting to compare cites creating skewed, distorted and meaningless crime rankings. The FBI, Council of Mayors and leading criminologists all warn that the FBI data should not be used for comparison purposes because of differing and inconsistent geographic boundaries of American cities. Because of the very small geographic boundary of St. Louis City compared to the much larger metro area, these rankings fail to correctly interpret the data and do not give an accurate depiction of crime in St. Louis. When population and crime statistics in both St. Louis city and county are combined, as they are in most metropolitan areas, St. Louis compares much better in these national rankings.
The Mayor, Downtown STL and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have taken numerous steps to prevent crime in downtown. In addition to increased patrols, St. Louis officials are taking active steps to help prevent crime including:
Personal responsibility is a key factor in eliminating crime and reducing your chances of being a victim. The following are some easy, preventative measures to keep you safe:
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