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Be Aware of Holiday Crime and Package Theft

The holidays are a busy time of the year, including for criminals. The winter season (November and December) annually has some of the highest crime rates. In particular, larceny and robbery tends to increase. In St Louis City, robberies average 20 percent higher in the months of October through December compared to January through September, according to 2018-20 crime data. This is due, in part, to shoppers carrying more cash and credit cards with them while shopping, people shopping later hours than usual and gifts / items being left inside unattended vehicles, as well as the general relaxed, easy-going attitude that comes with this time of year.

Another area of concern is package thefts. Shopping online is popular and porch pirates are on the lookout for unattended packages. Some criminals will follow behind delivery vehicles, grabbing packages within minutes of them being left on a stoop. Set up text alerts so you know the moment a package is delivered. If you’re not planning to be home to receive a delivery, consider having holiday packages sent to your work address. 

Alternatively, you can ship to a safe location near you. For example, UPS Access Point Network has more than 19,000 pickup locations, including Vincent’s Market. Amazon has a self-serve Hub Locker at Fields Foods that connects to your phone’s Amazon shopping app. FedEx Delivery Manager lets recipients redirect delivery to a nearby FedEx office, Walgreens store or other location. Most shipping providers offer pick up at their nearest facility.

Be vigilant this holiday season. Be sure to:

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • When leaving a mall or store, be aware of people or cars following you. If you think a vehicle is following you, circle your block before parking. Drive to a police station or call 911 if you need help.
  • Lock your vehicle and remove all valuables. Don’t leave packages or gifts visible in your car even for short amounts of time. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk (and then repark in case someone was watching) or put it out of sight.
  • Use caution anytime there is a stranger at your door. Be suspicious of unexpected sales calls or deliveries. 
  • If you’re leaving town for the holidays, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your home. Use timers for lights and radios while you’re away, and remember to make arrangements for mail and newspapers. 
  • After the holidays, don’t advertise expensive toys, electronics, or other gifts received by the boxes left for garbage collections.

To learn more about the SSBD, visit www.Soulard-SBD.org. Approved by voters in 1994 as a “Special Taxing District” and funded by a property tax, the SSBD’s primary purpose is to provide enhanced security for the District. This includes private security patrols (off-duty police officers), security products to residents (free club locks, etc.), crime and safety education and other safety-related services to residents living within the boundaries of the District. The seven person Board currently has an opening for a Residential Property Renter, with the term beginning in 2022. For more information, contact info@soulard-sbd.org

December Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The December meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held on December 13th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on Dec 2, 2021.

November Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The November meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held on November 8th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on Oct 29, 2021.

Protect Against Catalytic Converter Theft

Throughout 2021, catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise throughout the city and county. Toyota Prius and Honda Element models, along with vehicles like vans, SUVs and buses that are easier for thieves to get under, are being hit most often. Police recommend parking in a well-lit area or garage, if possible.

Additionally, in order to help protect your vehicle, many auto parts stores also sell shields that can be installed over the converter to make it more difficult to take. The Soulard Special Business District (SSBD) is launching a new program to help residents within the District take that preventative measure. 

Credit: SLMPD Third District Police

Protecting your catalytic converter with a shield is a two-part process. Step one is acquiring the particular shield for your vehicle model, which can be purchased via Amazon or other online / auto retailers and should be under $200 for most makes and models (which is about ⅓ the cost of a converter replacement, if stolen). The second step is installation. Through a partnership with Don’s Muffler Shop on Cherokee Street, SSBD is offering free catalytic converter shield installation (a $125 value) for all residents within District boundaries (visit www.Soulard-SBD.org to see if you live within the boundary). If interested, please contact SSBD Board member Jim Rick at jrick12@gmail.com for a voucher.

If you experience theft of any kind, please report it to the police. Reporting crime accurately is important and it influences patrols assigned to the Soulard neighborhood. Call 314-231-1212 for any non-emergency reporting.

To learn more about the SSBD, visit www.Soulard-SBD.org. Approved by voters in 1994 as a “Special Taxing District” and funded by a property tax, the SSBD’s primary purpose is to provide enhanced security for the District. This includes private security patrols (off-duty police officers), security products to residents (free club locks, etc.), crime and safety education and other safety-related services to residents living within the boundaries of the District. The seven person Board, appointed by the mayor, includes residents (Terry Hoffman, Jim Rick, Bill Clendenin, Billy Tomber, Molly Dougherty) and business owners (Luke Reynolds, Adam Tilford). The Board currently has an opening for a Residential Property Renter, with the term beginning in 2022. For more information, contact info@soulard-sbd.org.

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONER TO THE SOULARD SPECIAL BUSINESS DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Pursuant to Section 4(e) of St. Louis City Ordinance 63154, the Soulard Special Business District Board of Commissioners is accepting applications to fill one vacancy on its board, beginning in 2022.  The purpose of the Soulard Special Business District is to plan and implement security and crime prevention services within the District.  To qualify for a board appointment, applicant must be a registered voter in the City of St. Louis and:

One (1) applicant must be a residential property renter within the District.  This application fills an expired board seat, with term expiring 12/31/2021.

The Mayor of the City of St. Louis, with the advice and consent of the Board of Alderman, shall appoint the new Commissioners.  Applications can be obtained by emailing a request to info@soulard-sbd.org.  Completed applications must be submitted to info@soulard-sbd.org by no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  See www.soulard-sbd.org for District boundaries.

Applicants shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin or disability.

October Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The October meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held on October 11th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on Oct 1, 2021.

September Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The September SSBD Board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept 20 at 5:30pm

The September meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held on September 20th, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on Sept 18, 2021.

September 13 Meeting for SSBD Board Canceled

UPDATE: The Sept 13 meeting is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. An update will be posted as soon as a reschedule date is announced.
update posted 9/13/21 at 2:53pm

The September meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held at the normally scheduled monthly time, September 13th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on August 31, 2021.

August Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The August meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held at the normally scheduled monthly time, August 9th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment

Meeting announcement posted on July 22, 2021.

July Meeting for SSBD Board of Commissioners

The July meeting for the SSBD Board of Commissioners will be held in-person at Soulard Station (1911 S 12th St, St. Louis, MO 63104). The meeting will be held at the normally scheduled monthly time, July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the board enthusiastically encourages community involvement.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Review and approval of previous meeting minutes.
  • Security Contractor (TCF) patrol report, crime incident report and statistics
  • Business and financial report
  • Communications and PR report
  • Old business (including ongoing security camera project)
  • New business
  • Public comments or questions
  • Adjournment