Their solution? An unmanned armored truck that the police park outside the homes of drug dealers and other bothersome neighbors. The truck -- a retired bank vehicle -- is called the "Armadillo" and outfitted with infrared security cameras.
After a few days deployed in front of the a problem property, police say most bad guys either shape up or move out of the neighborhood.
Says one Peoria resident: "It's like a tank. A war tank. It strikes fear. No one is going to approach a tank."
Perhaps the St. Louis police might want to search a few bank auctions for a 'dillo of their own?
See a short video or the Peoria Armadillo in action after the jump.