Friday, February 15, 2013
Weekly town-by-town crime data made available online
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, February 15
Updated crime statistics for towns and counties in New Jersey will be made available more frequently than in the past, according to State Police. Police will be updating an online database of crime stats weekly, or as often as local departments report their new information. In the past, statewide statistics on crime were updated only once per year in the annual Uniform Crime Report. Data for 2011 was released in December. “For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area. Even as preliminary data, this will be a great new tool for the public,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said in a statement. The new data is available online here. It is currently …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Murder, rape and robberies up, aggravated assaults down from 2010.
Overall crime in New Jersey rose 3-percent from 2010 to 2011, but violent crimes remained the same, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. Those violent crimes, which are classified as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault made up for 27,173—or 13-percent—of the state’s overall crimes, according to Chiesa's release. Overall, there were 217,073 reported crimes in New Jersey in 2011. Murder rose 2-percent from 2010 to 2011, from 372 reported incidents to 380. Rape reports rose from 985 to 991, and robberies had the biggest jump from 11,859 to 12,216, the report showed. Aggravated assault dropped 3-percent from 13,958 reports to 13,586. July had the highest number of reported violent crimes, the report showed, with 2,…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The number of commercial burglaries plummeted over the summer, according to police department records.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Zak Koeske
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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…
Monday, August 13, 2012
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 rash of commercial burglaries -- 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 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. 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 …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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 police got a minor respite in May from the burglary bug that has swept through town over the past few months. 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…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
April surpassed March as the month with the most burglaries in recent history.
Fair Lawn's burglary rampage showed no signs of slowing in April, according to Uniform Crime Report data provided by the Fair Lawn Police Department. In fact, while other index crimes slipped in April, burglaries reached a level not seen in Fair Lawn in recent history. The borough's 13 April burglaries topped the previous recent high of 12, set in March. Over the past three months, Fair Lawn has experienced just four fewer burglaries than it did in all of 2009. Stores and restaurants have been the hardest hit in recent months, with non-residences (i.e. stores, offices, etc.) accounting for more than 70 percent of the 25 burglaries in March and April. Police attribute a number of the recent commercial jobs, including the five businesses hit…
Monday, January 2, 2012
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 decade-low mark in 2010, 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 Fair Lawn Police Department. Robberies were at a six-year high in 2011, and burglaries last year reached levels not seen since 2002. The numbers substantiate perceptions that Chief Erik Rose and a number of officers had that burglaries had increased in 2011. Larcenies, or simple thefts, which officers also previously perceived to have jumped, have actually remained relatively …