Commercial Burglaries Down Sharply Since May
Even with commercial burglaries down dramatically since May, the number of burglaries and larcenies committed in Fair Lawn this year still surpasses last year's pace.
Over the past two months, Fair Lawn's rash of commercial burglaries -- 24 within the three-month period from March through May -- have halted as abruptly and dramatically as they appeared.
During June and July, non-residential burglaries -- which accounted for more than 70 percent of the 33 burglaries from March through May -- have all but vanished, according to Uniform Crime Reports provided by the police department.
Residential break-ins, on the other hand, have remained mostly steady, with between two-and-five home burglaries registered during any given month since February.
Burglaries -- up 20 percent -- and larcenies -- up 15 percent -- are still elevated compared to last year, but total index crimes are almost exactly in line with 2011.
The lack of commercial jobs in recent months may be attributable to the absence of a single serial burglar who is believed to have committed close to 150 burglaries in northern New Jersey since 2009, including hitting five businesses on April 22 of this year.
In May, Detective Lt. Michael Uttel said the serial burglar -- whom police say never deviates from what has been his highly successful smash-and-grab break-in method -- typically lays low during the summer.
For the first seven months of each year:
|Total Index Crimes||334||336||+.5%|
|Total Clearance Rate||32.3%||37.5%|
Burglaries by month for the past six months:
|February 2012||March 2012||April 2012||May 2012||June 2012||July 2012|
For a full breakdown of the last six years of Fair Lawn's UCR data:
|Motor Vehicle Theft||15||16||16||13||13||7|
*2012 crime statistics are through July.