By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. In our last issue, we shared maps showing how the racial makeup of St. Louis neighborhoods has changed and not change over the last 40 years. To view these maps, click here. If you have a map that would be of interest to our readers, please let us know by emailing us at

In this week’s issue of the Community Builders Exchange, UMSL’s Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Richard Rosenfeld, describes why the region’s crime rate has increased so much over the past two years. He also shares his thoughts on how the police and community can work together to reverse this unsettling trend. To read his op-ed, click here.

The maps seen at the bottom of the page show personal crimes in the City of St. Louis. Personal crimes include homicide, assault, rape, and robbery. The maps display data from January through June of 2015. The data used here was collected from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s crime statistics web page.

As of June 2015, the City of St. Louis has had 87 homicides, 122 rapes, 827 robberies, and 2,305 assaults. The heat map below, displays concentrations of all crimes combined. This map shows a high concentrations of personal crimes taking place in and around the downtown area, in Dutchtown and Gravois Park, and near Kingshighway between St. Louis Avenue and Page.

All Crimes