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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Organizations promoting the city of St. Louis are pushing back about perceptions of high crime with a new video.

The group “Explore St. Louis” posted a video to YouTube called, “The Truth About Crime.” The short documentary features downtown residents, educators, students and police officers.  They explain why crime statistics in St. Louis skew so high.

Their message is that a handful of neighborhoods account of the majority of the crime in St. Louis.  The city ends up at the top of national “Most Dangerous Cities” lists because other towns do not report crime statistics or take up a much larger area.  They say these lists are inaccurate.

One of the examples given in the video is the city of Memphis.  Memphis rarely ends up on high crime lists.  This is because of the way the city is carved out of the region.  St. Louis is 63 square miles large and is made up of 11 percent of the area’s population.  Memphis in comparison is 315 square miles large and is made up of 60 percent of the metropolitan population.

Crime is down 46 percent in St. Louis City since 2006.  This is because of a joint effort between the City and County Police Departments and hot spot policing efforts.

The video was produced by the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation in partnership with the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) explorestlouis.com, the St. Louis Regional Chamber stlregionalchamber.com, and the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis downtownstl.org.

More information:  www.explorestlouis/st-louis-crime-rates.

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