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Fair Lawn Burglaries Dipped in May, Still Up 40% On Year

There were eight recorded burglaries in Fair Lawn in May, according to crime reports provided by the police department.

Fair Lawn residents, business owners and got a minor respite in May from the .

Although burglaries were down from March and April of this year, last month's eight burglaries -- two residential, six non-residential -- are still more than the number of recorded burglaries in all but one month in 2011, according to Uniform Crime Report data provided by the police department.

Over the past three months, Fair Lawn has experienced just one fewer burglary than it did in all of 2009.

On the year, burglaries are elevated nearly 40 percent and larcenies are up more than 30 percent from last year. Total index crimes have risen by about 6 percent since 2011.

Stores and restaurants have been the hardest hit since March, with non-residences (i.e. stores, offices, etc.) accounting for more than 70 percent of the 33 burglaries over the last three months.

Police attributed a number of the commercial jobs committed in March and April, including the , to a single serial burglar who's believed to have committed close to 150 burglaries in northern New Jersey since 2009.

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 -- has been laying low recently, as has been his modus operandi in past summers.

The police department and county task force created to apprehend Northern New Jersey's serial smash-and-grabber are actively working to identify and arrest the man, Uttel said.

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Click here to find UCR data from 1990 to 2010 

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For the first five months of each year:

2011 2012 % Change Burglaries 28 39 +39% Larceny 98 128 +31% Total Index Crimes 220 233 +6% Total Clearance Rate 37.3% 37.3%

Burglaries by month for the past six months:

December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 Residential 5 0 5 3 4 2 Non-Residential 0 0 1 9 9 6

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  2 Robbery 7 9 6 9 18 4 Burglary 62 45 35 58 73  39 Larceny 319 292 309 289 295  128 Motor Vehicle Theft 15 16 16 13 13  6

*2012 crime statistics are through May.

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