Burglaries Concentrated Along Fair Lawn's Western, Southern Border [Interactive Map]
The majority of burglaries in Fair Lawn last year occurred south and west of Route 208
Burglaries in Fair Lawn, which were at a nine-year high in 2011, were confined largely to the area west and south of the Route 208 highway that effectively splits the borough in half, a Patch analysis has found.
More than three times the burglaries were committed to the southwest of Route 208 than to the northeast, with many concentrated along the southern, western and eastern borders of town.
Burglaries affected both commercial-heavy drags like Broadway, River Road and Saddle River Road, and residential areas, especially those homes on the west side of town located near bridges that cross the Passaic River into Paterson.
A relatively clean square of real estate in the borough's east end where few burglaries occurred last year (in relative terms, a safe zone) runs south from Fair Lawn Avenue to Morlot Avenue, and east from Plaza Road to Saddle River Road.
Of the 22 arrests made last year in cases involving burglaries, attempted burglaries or the possession of burglary tools, nearly 70 percent of those charged were from Fair Lawn (7 individuals) or Paterson (8 individuals). No more than one individual was arrested on a burglary-related charge from any other municipality.
For a better view of burglaries in town, see the embedded interactive map. Use the (+) and (-) buttons to zoom in and out. Each burglary is marked by a red circular data point. Clicking on each data point reveals the exact address of the burglary and the date it was committed.