Crime rate dips for fourth straight year

Overall crime in Rahway dipped some 15 percent last year, led by drops in larceny, burglary and motor vehicle thefts. It’s the fourth year in a row crime has dropped, according to the state Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

Rahway was among 10 of Union County’s 21 towns to see a decrease in crime, according to the recently released UCR, with the overall countywide crime rate dropping by 1 percent. Another 10 towns experienced an increase in the crime rate while one (Fanwood) reported the exact same numbers in 2010 as it did in 2009.

Rahway’s overall crime rate dropped from 23.7 to 21.0 per 1,000 residents, putting it 8th-highest overall in the county, just behind Union (22.0) and ahead of Winfield (16.3). Neighboring Clark saw its crime rate rise from 9.4 to 14.1, as did Linden, from 33.2 to 37.0. Other nearby towns outside Union County saw crime rates vary: Carteret was up from 15.0 to 19.7 and Edison was down from 25.2 to 19.1, while Woodbridge also saw a decline, from 26.3 to 25.2.

Police Chief John Rodger attributed Rahway’s decline to significantly higher manpower in 2010; much of the crime rate directly correlates to manpower.” The statistics, while down, are a year behind (2010) and in some cases include reporting errors that they’re trying to have corrected, such as the domestic violence numbers, he said.

Another inconsistency was in manpower, where UCR reported 73 police officers in the department for 2010, but Rodger said five officers were lost in July 2010 and two were replaced to get back to 73. Additionally, the current complement is down from a high of 90 a few years ago, the chief said. He also attributed the drop in crime to “redeploying officers from every area of the department back to patrol to keep the on-duty road compliment as stable as we can.”

Crime usually correlates to the economy, Rodger said, and call volume is at an all-time high, “and when coupled with our current complement size makes proactive measures extremely difficult.” The department analyzes call volume and crime occurrences daily to try to be proactive in addressing problem areas, he said, another reason he doesn’t lend much credence to the UCR stats, since they’re so far behind.

Because I love spreadsheets and stats, here’s a look at five-year and 10-year crime stats for Rahway, based on previous UCRs. Some categories saw lows in 2010, including 10-year lows in larceny and motor vehicle thefts and five-year low in robberies, as well as a 10-year high in aggravated assault. Comparing years, however, can sometimes be inconsistent because of changes to the UCR and to reporting methods.

8 thoughts on “Crime rate dips for fourth straight year”

  1. I must be one of the unlucky ones. I recently had an attempted break-in of my home where they luckily didn't gain entry but ruined my sliding door. Also had someone shoot a bebe through a brand new picture window. Welcome to the neighborhood, huh?

  2. I live across the street from Roosevelt School. On Pierpont. The neighborhood is very nice over here. The cop told me there was a rash of break-ins around here in the late summer/early fall.

  3. /waves to her neighbor :DBTW, I did tell my immediate neighbors so they would be aware. I'd hate to think that someone else nearby would have a problem.

  4. 🙁 i too would be one of the unlucky ones. I've been walking to and from the NJTransit train station for almost 2 years, without even a care or a shady incident…then in the middle of October, about 6:15pm, still light out, i was jumped from behind, beaten up and they took off running. No robbery, just a random act of violence. Cops said "…was probably the crackheads that hang out at the 6Eleven store". Nice that the cops know about them and do nothing. I'm healed now, but have to take the bus to NYC for work. And so why do i pay 6K + in taxes on a duplex? Certainly not for police coverage or compassion 🙁

  5. Hello Sivyaleah, First of all, I hope those unfortunate incidents are all in the distant past for you. Criminal behavior is unsettling, I'm sure. In any case, my wife (of 7½ weeks now) & I are going to see a house on Pierpont with the intent of potentially putting an offer on it–on Wednesday afternoon. I've been doing some research online… some good, some bad. From what I gather, flooding seems to be an issue on that street. Or am I mistaken on that point? As far as you know, is crime still a concern in your neighborhood?

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