Robberies, Burglaries in Fair Lawn Have Doubled Since 2009
Other index crimes have remained relatively stable over the same period
While Fair Lawn's reported crime rate has been decreasing steadily for the past decade, even reaching a decade-low mark in 2010, certain categories of crime -- namely robberies and burglaries -- have made a resurgence of late.
Since 2009, the annual number of robberies and burglaries in town have both doubled, according to monthly Uniform Crime Data provided by the Fair Lawn Police Department.
Robberies were at a six-year high in 2011, and burglaries last year reached levels not seen since 2002.
The numbers substantiate perceptions that Chief Erik Rose and a number of officers had that burglaries had increased in 2011.
Larcenies, or simple thefts, which officers also previously perceived to have jumped, have actually remained relatively stable since 2008.
Despite maintaining staff levels of only 54 officers for the majority of the year, most crimes -- both violent and non-violent -- saw little to no change from past years. Aggravated assaults actually decreased markedly.
Through November, the police department's clearance rate -- which measures its efficiency in solving crimes -- was down more than 20 percent from 2010. However, at 33 percent of offenses cleared, the FLPD was still well ahead of the Bergen County average.
For a full breakdown of the last five years of Fair Lawn's UCR data:
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* 2011 crime statistics do not include December data, which is not yet available