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Two Announcements

May 5, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

1. The FPSE Clean Up event this weekend (May 7th) is cancelled and tentatively rescheduled for June 4th.  We will send out more details as the date approaches.

2. City Garden Montessori will host a block party on May 11th.  For more information:

Above and Beyond Tips for Home Protection. How Good is Your Deadbolt?

April 21, 2017 in break ins, burglary, crime, Crime Tips, deadbolt, safety tips, security by fpsesafety

The following post is from: Safety & Security

There are many factors that can make your home a better target for burglary than other homes. For example, your house is at greater risk if:

  • It sits on a corner lot (more visible to a browsing burglar and a natural place to stop and ask for directions)
  • It is located close to a major highway exit (less than 1 mile)
  • It is located on a through street, which gives a burglar a quicker escape (dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs are safer)
  • It borders a wooded area or playground (provides concealed access for burglars)
  • It is in a wealthier neighborhood
  • It features no signs of young children living there (burglars avoid as someone may be home)
  • It was recently purchased (burglars know you haven’t yet developed close familiarity with neighbors)


What can you do to prevent yourself from being a target or stop a criminal if they try to get in? You probably know some of the more common tips, such as:

  • Install a burglar alarm and/or put up an alarm system sign.
  • Don’t let mail and newspapers build up.
  • Set lights on timers to give the appearance someone is home.
  • Have motion activated exterior lights.
  • Adopt a dog that will make noise if they hear someone attempting to get in.


But there are actually easy ways to make your house considerably more secure. One especially important way to prevent break ins is actually pretty simple. Have a good deadlock. 65% of break ins occur by forcing a door open. 12% occur because the criminal finds your “hidden” key.

“I have a deadlock, so I’m safe.” Not necessarily. St. Louis is filled with older homes, and many deadlocks are outdated. Do you know the grade of your deadlock? You should always go for Grade 1 deadbolts, they are the most effective. Shorter deadbolts makes it easier to break your door. For example, look at this older deadbolt compared to a newer Grade 1 model:


“I have a new deadbolt, so I’m safe.” Once again, not necessarily. A deadbolt is only as effective as the nails you use. How long are the nails that connect your deadbolt to your door frame? Many come with short 1/2 – 1 inch nails. With nails that short, it is easy to break the frame of your door. You should replace all of your nails with ones at least 3 inches long. These longer nails will go into the studs of your house and make it extremely hard to break down your door. Look at this example:


Simple things like having better deadbolts and nails, locking up when you leave, not leaving an accessible “hidden” key, and working together with your neighbors to keep an eye on your block are effective ways of protecting your home. Remember, not all locks are built the same. Don’t let this be you:


Abby Orscheln – Safety and Security Intern

Thank you to “The Family Handyman” for providing information and photos on deadbolt improvement.  Visit their website to learn how to install new deadbolts/nails yourself.

Information on houses being targets was taken from a research study, “Knowing Your Odds: Home Burglary and the Odds Ratio,” by S. Hakim, G. Renger and Y. Shachamurove, City College of New York and University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 2000

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Neighborhood Events & Announcements

April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Tonight:  Wednesday, April 19 Mark Glenshaw is giving a talk in about the owls he studies in Forest Park. The talk, which will feature many photos and videos to illustrate the owls’ behaviors, is part of Gateway Greening’s Pints ‘n Plants lecture series. “Forest Park Owls – Hiding in Plain Sight” will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30pm, $5.00 suggested donation. Location: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 4465 Manchester Avenue. (314) 588-9600 ext. 107

Saturday, April 22nd there will be a pub crawl in the Grove called “Taste of Haven.” This event is hosted by a local FPSE organization, Little Bit of Haven, and proceeds benefit their work. Visit six neighborhood bars and restaurants, receive specials on food and drinks!  When:  12:00 – 6:00pm Cost:  $20 in advance $25 at the door Contact Info:  314-479-6822, Purchase Tickets: (

April 26th at 5:30 – 8pm.  Central Corridor Community Meeting.  Lindsay Pattan invites all FPSENA attenders to join this event which seeks to collect data and offer a platform for various political and civic organizations to raise awareness around current and upcoming projects and events, and to gain community support.  Facebook Event Page: Click Here  Location:  Bootleggin’ BBQ (1933 Washington Ave. 63103).  Free & Family Friendly

May 7th at 10am.  FPSENA Neighborhood Cleanup Event  RESCHEDULED:  Due to schedule conflict, the new time for the clean up event will be May 7th at 10am –  Meet at Chouteau Park to kick off the event, return at noon for debrief and celebration.  

Sept 16, 2017 from 5:00p til 8:00p – St Cronan Catholic Church on Boyle will host a Neighborhood Mass, BBQ and Music.  All are welcome.
City Garden Montessouri School is currently looking to fill a few more spots in their Primary/Preschool program and are looking for families who reside in the 63110 zipcode. The child must be at least 2.5 or 3, and potty-trained is a must. Financial aid is available for qualified families (see attached). To enroll your child or to learn more, contact: Liz Harris, Admissions Coordinator & School Secretary (314)664-7646 ext. 200 For more info, visit:
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Tonight: April Meeting for FPSE Neighborhood Association

April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Reminder:  The next Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood Association general meeting will be on April 18th at 6:45pm at 4317 Vista Ave (Adam’s Park Club).  We will be having a special election for the vacant Treasurer seat.  If you have not yet paid your 2017 dues, please bring payment so you can vote!

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March 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by Adam

Hi everyone, we’re sad to announce that tonight’s meeting is cancelled! We just learned that the school building is locked up due to Spring Break. We apologize for this inconvenience. We will be in touch soon with plans for rescheduling. Thank you for your understanding.