Fair Lawn Burglaries Slowed Over Summer

The number of commercial burglaries plummeted over the summer, according to police department records.

Burglaries, which had been occurring at unprecedented rates earlier this year, slowed significantly over the summer.

Following a three-month rash of commercial burglaries this spring -- 24 non-residential break-ins occurred from March through May -- commercial burglaries have dropped off dramatically. There were only three over the summer, 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.

On the year, burglaries — up 13 percent — and larcenies — up 16 percent — are elevated compared to last year, but total index crimes are almost exactly in line with 2011.

The police department's clearance rate is up slightly from last year.


For the first eight months of each year:

2011 2012 % Change Burglaries 46 52 +13% Larceny 188 218 +16% Total Index Crimes 374 378 +1% Total Clearance Rate 33.7% 37.8%

Burglaries by month for the past seven months:

February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 Residential 5 3 4 2 2 5 3 Non-Residential 1 9 9 6 0 2 1

For a full breakdown of the last six years of Fair Lawn's UCR data:

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012* Murder 0 0 0 0 0  0 Rape 2 0 1 1 1  3 Robbery 7 9 6 9 18 6 Burglary 62 45 35 58 73  52 Larceny 319 292 309 289 295  218 Motor Vehicle Theft 15 16 16 13 13  9

*2012 crime statistics are through August.

Click here to find UCR data from 1990 to 2010 

Click here for more info on the Uniform Crime Reporting Methodology


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LawyerJim September 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Good to see that the FLPD gets the job done, even with less officers they are reducing crime!
Deleted because of harassment September 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Not mentioned - the arrests of several individuals believed to be behind much of the crime increase last spring.
LawyerJim September 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I see there's no mention of the people responsible for these crimes, where is that information?
Zak Koeske September 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
@LawyerJim - FLPD arrested a Paterson man a couple weeks ago who is suspected in a couple recent burglaries from construction sites. Here's that story: http://patch.com/A-xCPn Otherwise, I wasn't aware of any serial Fair Lawn burglars who were caught. As far as I know, the man suspected in many of the commercial burglaries this spring is still on the loose. I'll check with the police though. You can find a full list of the FLPD's arrest records on their website -- http://www.fairlawnpd.com/arrest_books/arrest_book_2012.htm


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