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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 , 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 .

Robberies were at a six-year high in 2011, and burglaries last year reached levels not seen since 2002.

The numbers substantiate  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.

Click here to find UCR data from 1990 to 2010 

Click here for more info on the Uniform Crime Reporting Methodology

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

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011* Murder 0 0 0 0 0 Rape 2 0 1 1 1 Robbery 7 9 6 9 15 Burglary 62 45 35 58 68 Larceny 319 292 309 289 268 Motor Vehicle Theft 15 16 16 13 13

* 2011 crime statistics do not include December data, which is not yet available

Donvito January 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
make sure you bring some snacks, you might get his attention!!
T.Maher January 03, 2012 at 01:19 AM
the have nots want, and are taking , from the haves, and this trend will increase as the amount of people getting desperate in this failing economy grow
Chris Antonelli January 03, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The FLPD is doing what they can. Even if you put 4 more PO's on a patrol, you're not getting one on every street 24 hours a day. Crime is up due to the economy, not the PD. Fair Lawn isn't the only town in America experiencing this.
Bruce Knuckle January 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Chris, A better Police presence would push them elsewhere
John C January 05, 2012 at 03:46 AM
No one is blaming the Police. From what I am reading the blame is being placed on the Governor and the council.

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