Reported crime in Rahway dipped about 1.5 percent last year, as nonviolent crime inched up while violent crime dropped by a third. Countywide, reported crime rose about 2 percent, according to figures for 2016.
After three consecutive years dropping, reported incidents of crime in Rahway rose by 7 percent last year after a historically low 2014.
City Council unanimously approved the sale of the Police Assistance Center building to the Parking Authority. The East Cherry Street property eventually will be razed as part of infrastructure improvements and reconfiguration related to a proposed mixed-use development and extension of Monroe Street.
The city will sell an East Cherry property to the Parking Authority as part of plans related to two downtown developments, as well as the extension of Monroe Street.
Reported incidents of crime in Rahway plummeted by almost a third last year, one of the largest drops in Union County in a year when most neighboring towns reported double-digit decreases as well.
Rahway’s 14-percent drop in crime last year followed a wider trend throughout the area of declining crime rates, including a 13-percent dip in Union County overall and a 4-percent drop statewide.
Overall incidents of crime in Rahway dropped by 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, including an 11-percent decline in nonviolent crime and 38 percent in violent crime, according to the latest Uniform Crime Report (UCR) released last week by the State Police.
In an effort to improve traffic safety as well as security around the train station, the Police Department has startd installing lane barriers along Milton Avenue, beneath the train trestle.
Illegal parking under the railroad has been an issue for some time. “This is something we have put a lot of thought into, and we have tried enforcement with negligible results,” Police Chief John Rodger said. “When we issue summons or chase cars out they come back pretty quickly and we just don’t have the ability to be there every moment.”
A layout was tested two weeks ago and the east side of the street was installed on Monday, with the other side pending weather and manpower, the chief said.
It’s always been illegal to park under the bridge and with the alert system in place post-9/11 the area was specifically designated a problem, Rodger said. Police also get a lot of complaints that motorists trying to turn left from Broad Street onto Milton Avenue can’t see and have to pull out into the intersection.
“We are hopeful that this solution will deter parking in that area, and eliminate the mid-block pedestrian crossings to get to vehicles previously parked under the bridge, while at the same time providing line of sight for vehicles trying to enter the intersection,” he said.
Once both sides of the street are completed, Rodger said there will be zero tolerance for vehicles parked in the bus stop or taxi stand on West Milton Avenue.