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BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) - “I think people believe Brentwood is a place where crime never happens,” said Brentwood Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald.

They are wrong.

Still, Brentwood—city of warmth—is trying to give criminals the cold shoulder. Two crimes here last month garnered a lot of attention. There was a home invasion at Pine and McKnight, and a car-jacking on nearby Sonora.

Chief Fitzgerald said his department has stepped-up patrols as a result.

“We do know the one instance on Sonora the guy was here going through cars,” said Fitzgerald. “We've had a problem with that as have a lot of other municipalities in the area.”

Residents, like Julie Roberts and her family on Pine, have noticed.

“So they have definitely stepped up the police presence,” said Roberts. “You see police officers once every 1-2 hours.”

Jim Schmuke, a resident of Sonora Street, agreed.

“I know at night time you see them shining their spotlights down the driveway.”

Another Brentwood resident, Michael Weidl, said, “The police advised us to keep the lights on. Most of the houses here now have lights on in the front and back.”

Brentwood residents may soon see what looks like a ticket on their car windshield. It’s not a ticket, however, but more a suggestion from police. It reads “Your vehicle has property in plain view, doors unlocked, or a window open.”

Fitzgerald said residents of any community can do themselves a favor, if they don’t leave valuables in their car, lock their car, turn on the lights outside their home, and close their garage doors.

Fitzgerald said Brentwood currently has 27 police officers. It’s possible the city will add one or two more. Fitzgerald said another thing that has been suggested is to block-off streets like White, Pine, and Sonora, so they no longer connect to McKnight.

That’s because the thing that attracts many people to Brentwood may also appeal to crooks—easy access to the Interstate 64.