Newark Sees Some Of The Lowest Crime Rates Since 1960s

Kristie Keleshian
December 19, 2019 - 5:28 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Officials in Newark announced Thursday that the city has seen some of the lowest crime rates in decades.

Newark law enforcement officials described the numbers as the lowest crime statistics since 1961.

“I want to say this is a story of transformation,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

He says he’s seen diversity within the police department increase in recent years, along with the department’s participation in city events.

Newark officials report murders and auto thefts are now down 20% from 2018, while shootings are down 14% and rapes are down 13%.

Overall, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito reports 1,000 fewer crimes in the city for 2019.

“One-thousand less crime victims this year alone. That's how you know we're having an impact. A reduction in crime over the past two years over approximately 30% - that's the number to be proud of and that's what we're here today to celebrate,” Carpenito told reporters.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal credits these numbers in part to Newark’s collaboration with various state law enforcement departments.