Murders are down 14.8% so far this year in St. Louis, rapes are down 12.1%. However, overall crime in the city for the first 6 months was up 3.5%. At least part of the reason are skyrocketing car theft numbers. The 2,700 car thefts this time last year have jumped to 3,300 this year–an increase of more than 20%. Police Department Spokeswoman Adella Jones thinks an aggressive P.R. campaign will solve that.