More Patrols Added After Car Break-Ins Near Dome

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– There are new details on the car break-ins surrounding the upcoming boat show.

Monday we told you about exhibitors who had their vehicles broken into and robbed next to the dome.

Car break-ins are bad enough. Car break-ins involving tourists are bad for business. So police are putting on a visible show of force. They’re also using hidden, high tech strategies to catch the bad guys.

This was the scene Monday evening, three trucks and a U-Haul belonging to exhibitors at the boat show broken into while parked in an unfenced, unguarded area just north of the dome.

And this was the scene Tuesday, heavy police presence both in the dome’s official lots and in the unguarded lot where the thefts took place.

Police say auto break-ins downtown have dropped 40 percent in the past two years. But it isn’t just downtown and it isn’t just a police problem.

In the past few weeks, we’ve covered car break-ins from the West County shopping center to downtown Clayton to St. Louis. And the advice is always the same, lock valuables in the trunk.

For extra security, city police are offering discounts on metal security cases that can be bolted under a seat or in the trunk.

But the best advice, park in a fenced, guarded lot and make sure there are no valuables anywhere inside the car.

Car break-ins are crimes of opportunity and speed. If thieves don’t see an immediate opportunity to break a window and steal something and if they figure they can’t do it quickly, then they probably won’t bother.