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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 -- 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 . 

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  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.

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For the first seven months of each year:

2011 2012 % Change Burglaries 40 48 +20% Larceny 168 193 +15% 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 Residential 5 3 4 2 2 5 Non-Residential 1 9 9 6 0 2

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  48 Larceny 319 292 309 289 295  193 Motor Vehicle Theft 15 16 16 13 13  7

*2012 crime statistics are through July.

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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IsmellaRatt August 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
All this means is burglars take vactions too
Life-Long FL Resident August 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Keep our local dispatchers... that is all I got to say!

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