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St. Louis residents react to police department's Hayden's Rectangle crime stats tweet

"I just believe crime is just as bad as always has been here. I'm not sure if chief's rectangle plan is working or not," said barbershop owner Curtis York

ST. LOUIS — You might say that at the Kuts By Kurtis barbershop in south St. Louis, a tweet posted by police on Saturday made the hair on some guys' necks stand up.

"I have to say I haven't seen much success," said owner Curtis York.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted "We know we still have work to do in reducing violent crime in the city. However, the rectangle strategy did have successes last year as displayed in the year-end numbers for all of the rectangles in 2019."

Two years ago, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John Hayden unveiled his new plan to tackle violent crime in the city.

Initially, Hayden's Rectangle covered a broad area on the city's north side.

 Two other rectangles, which consisted of parts of the Dutchtown Neighborhood and Downtown, were also added.

"They want to put more cops out here, but I say create more jobs for people and especially the guys who are getting out of prison," said barber Eugene Lewi. "That's what we need in this southside area." 

"Crime's about as bad as it always has been over here, " York said.

ST. LOUIS - An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed in St. Louis' Downtown West neighborhood Friday night. At around 9:20 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of Washington Avenue for a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a man in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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York admits he's seen more police officers patrolling his south side neighborhood as part of Hayden's initiative.

"There are times when I see a huge police presence and then the next day somebody gets shot, so I don't know if it's working or not working," York said.

The police department looked at homicides, robberies and aggravated assaults with a firearm in Hayden's original North Rectangle.

Crimes dropped between 2017 and 2018, but slightly increased in 2019.

"I think the police need to do more to keep us safe," said Wanda Harvey, who lives in Hayden's North Rectangle.

Harvey also thinks the police department's anti-crime tweet needs tweaking.

"I don't think crime is going down here at all and I believe the drug fiends are behind a lot of it and the people getting murdered are getting younger and younger. There's definitely not one solution."

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