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Edison Crime News

Posted by edison1205 on November 20, 2010

In short, the news is not very good at all.  According to information released by the State this past week, crime is down statewide by big numbers.  The trends in Edison for 2009, the last year of the Choi administration, point the opposite way.

Violent crime in Edison is UP: 237 violent crimes in 2008 vs. 264 in 2009.  UP 11.4 percent.

  • Robberies climbed from 83 to 97 over that span.  UP 16.9 percent.
  • Aggravated assaults were up from 147 to 162. UP 10.2 percent.
  • In 2008, there was 1 murder and 6 rapes and in 2009, there was also 1 murder but only 4 rapes.

Nonviolent crime in Edison is UP: 2,212 crimes in 2008 vs. 2,245 in 2009. UP 1.5 percent.

  • Thefts were UP: in 2008 there were 1,593, and in 2009 it climbed to 1,637.  UP 2.8 percent.
  • Motor vehicle theft was UP: 171 stolen cars in 2008 and 184 in 2009.  UP 7.6 percent.
  • One piece of good news is that burglaries fell: in 2008 there were 448, and that number fell to 424 in 2009.  DOWN 5.4 percent.

This happened in Edison despite the fact that:

  • The number of PD employees climbed from 235 to 238 while most departments around the state saw headcount fall.
  • Our neighbors in Woodbridge made violent crime fall by 27.2 percent and nonviolent crime fell by 12.5 percent.
  • On the whole, throughout the State, violent crime fell 4 percent and nonviolent crime fell by 9 percent.

A final perspective: only 2 towns in Middlesex County — New Brunswick and Perth Amboy — had higher violent crime rates.  Only 2 towns in Middlesex County — New Brunswick and Woodbridge — had higher nonviolent crime rates.

A plea to our police officers including superior officers: please pick up the pace here.  These numbers are not good news, and don’t reflect well on the Township.  I hope you’ve done better in 2010, even though it will take us a whole year from now to know for sure.

The source for the data in this report is the 2009 state crime report, found here.


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