South city neighborhood uses Nextdoor app to help catch thieves

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - As the summer season gets underway across St. Louis many are enjoying indoor and outdoor activities, but some have decided to make stealing packages from doorsteps part of their day.

Kevin Trautwein has lived in the Benton Park neighborhood for 8 years and says packages were stolen from his porch last month. He says the thefts were new, and then one week later he caught a group stealing from his neighbor.  He used the Nextdoor app to spread the word. Benton Park is one of 650 neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis metro to use the app.

“I noticed using Nextdoor app other neighbors posted about package theft. People posted odd behavior and people on porches looking for packages.”

Trautwein says there were at least five incidents with multiple packages. However, after neighbors posted pictures and messages the guys who ripped off his neighbor were caught. According to the department of justice thefts go up in the summer.

"As soon as that last incident happened and we saw it and followed up with police. They resolved it and I haven’t seen another post since."

While thousands of packages per day continue to hit the streets of St. Louis so will the communication between tight knit communities who want to keep their neighborhoods safe.

"The site verifies your identity it locks you down and makes you prove you live in the neighborhood and only shares information in that neighborhood." he said

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