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Fair Lawn Burglaries Down on Year After 2 Month Lull

Fair Lawn experienced only four burglaries in October and November combined, the lowest number recorded over consecutive months in the past two years.

Following a rampage of burglaries this spring, it looked for months like Fair Lawn would surpass last year's burglary total and record a decade-high number of break-ins in 2012.

But for the first time since February, burglaries in Fair Lawn are down over last year as the summer's burglary swoon has carried forward into fall.

The months of October and November, traditionally considered "burglary season" by local police because break-ins tend to jump, were unusually quiet this year.

Fair Lawn registered three burglaries in October and just one in November -- the fewest number of break-ins recorded over consecutive months in the past two years.

"I knew we were doing well, but I don’t necessarily watch every number every day," Police Chief Erik Rose said after viewing November's Uniform Crime Report. "I don’t remember the last time we had only one burglary [in a month]."

Rose said he attributes the decline in burglaries this fall to a combination of aggressive police work and good luck.

"With burglaries, there's a certain degree of randomness," he explained, referencing the serial smash-and-grab burglar suspected of hitting Fair Lawn hard this spring before moving on to strike businesses other communities.

"Their loss is our gain," he said.

Fair Lawn's index crimes -- which include murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts -- are down 5 percent on the year. The department's clearance rate is also up this year, hovering close to 40 percent.

 

For the first 11 months of each year:

2011 2012 % Change Burglaries 68 64 -6% Larceny 268 278 +4% Total Index Crimes 532 505 -5% Total Clearance Rate 32.9% 39.2%

Burglaries by month for the past seven months:

May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 Residential 2 2 5 3 1 2 0 Non-Residential 6 0 2 1 7 1 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 8 Burglary 62 45 35 58 73  64 Larceny 319 292 309 289 295  278 Motor Vehicle Theft 15 16 16 13 13  10

*2012 crime statistics are through November.

Click here to find UCR data from 1990 to 2011 

Click here for more info on the Uniform Crime Reporting Methodology

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Shaira Leah Gomez January 09, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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