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Fair Lawn's Index Crimes Reached 4-Year High in 2011

Fair Lawn's increase in index crimes over the past four years is due almost entirely to a jump in burglaries.

Fair Lawn's total index crimes reached a four-year high in 2011, largely on account of the rapidly growing number of burglaries in the borough since 2008, according to a Patch analysis of the just-released 2011 Uniform Crime Report.

The 2011 report found that violent crime in Fair Lawn remained flat from the year before, but the borough's non-violent crime -- spurred on by the jump in burglaries -- has increased steadily since 2008.

In addition to burglaries, which have more than doubled since 2009, robberies also spiked in 2011 -- doubling from the year before. Unofficial 2012 UCR data shows, however, that while burglaries have remained elevated this year, robberies have dropped back down to pre-2011 levels.

According to UCR data, Fair Lawn's six arsons in 2011 were the most in Bergen County for the second straight year. The borough has the fourth largest population in the county behind Hackensack, Teaneck and Fort Lee.

On a positive note, aggravated assaults, which have decreased by nearly two-thirds since 2009, were at a more than 20-year low in 2011.

 

For a full breakdown of the last six years of UCR data:

Overall Incidents in Fair Lawn


2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change

3-Year Change

Crime Index Total 491 431 373 390 387 407 +5.2% +9.1% Violent Crime 38 35 20 30 27 27 0% +35% Non-Violent Crime 453 396 353 360 360 380 +5.6% +7.6% Crime Rate per 1,000 15.6 13.8 12.1 12.8 11.9 12.5 +5.0% +3.3% Violent Crime Rate per 1,000 1.2 1.1 0.6 1.0 0.8 0.8 0% +33.3% Non-Violent Crime Rate per 1,000 14.4 12.7 11.5 11.8 11.1 11.7 +5.4% +1.7% Force Level 59 64 63 64 54 53 -1.8% -15.9%

Violent Crime

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change 3-Year Change Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0 Rape 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 +1 Robbery 11 7 9 6 9 18 +100% +100% Aggravated Assault 24 26 11 23 17 8 -53.0% -27.3%

Non-Violent Crime

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change 3-Year Change Burglary 60 62 45 35 58 73 +26.0% +62.2% Larceny 373 319 292 309 289 294 +1.7% -0.7% Motor Vehicle Theft 20 15 16 16 13 13 0% -18.8%

Other Crime

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Arson 5 0 3 6 9 6 Domestic Violence 143 141 116 125 167 NA Bias Crime 5 8 9 6 1 NA

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Zak Koeske December 19, 2012 at 07:31 PM
@Michael They won't be joining the force until October 2013 at the earliest, so their effect won't likely be seen until 2014 (assuming no other officers retire in the mean time).
CHARLES COLES December 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
looks like larceny and wife beating are the popular crimes in Fair Lawn
Jules Vernon December 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
It would be better if private citizens armed themselves and simply shot the burglars. Then you would see a stunning drop in the crime rate.
why didn't I think of that December 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Nice solution Vernon. You sound as dumb as your screen name.
es December 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I'm mostly sure that @Jules was attempting humor. Actually homeowners can not shoot "burglars" in the act, because if they are home it's robbery. If the homeowners instead are staked out behind the bushes, it's manslaughter.

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