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Mayor orders city lots to have attendants to prevent larcenies

6:22 PM, Jun 29, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has taken a bold move towards thwarting the ongoing problem of car break-ins and thefts from vehicles.

Slay announced Wednesday morning that the city council is currently drafting rules to require parking lots in the City of St. Louis to provide attendants.  The rule will be issued to the Building Commissioner and become effective 30 days after it is issued.

According to Slay, the rule would also require parking lots to be restricted when not in operation.

The announcement comes on the heels of this past Friday's smashing of dozens of car windows and personal property thefts from cars of area residents and visitors to the area.  Police confirmed to the Mayor staff that many of the lots involved had no attendant on duty to report the crimes.

"After meeting with the department, the owner of one lot volunteered to provide an attendant in a vehicle with a light going during all Cardinal games," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Kenneth Kegel.  "That is a good step forward, but we need more lot owners to follow that lead."

Slay met Wednesday morning with the Fourth District police officers, the Problem Properties Unit and the City Counselor's office in an effort to curtail and reduce the numbers of car break-in's and give officers a better chance at nailing the clouters.

Failure to operate under the new rules could result in the City shutting down lots.

Police and Mayor Slay also remind people to help themselves in the process by not leaving things of value in plain sight. 

KSDK

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