Violent crime increase in Hoboken!
Police cutbacks affecting Hoboken Quality of Life
- Armed robbery at W. Kodak Jewelers (March 15th)
- Bank robbery (March 16th)
- Two Gunpoint robberies on 3rd Street (March 18th & March 19th)
- Liquor store robbery – threat of gun (March 19th)
- Armed Robbery at Prime Time Convenience (March 23rd)
- Plus a recent armed robbery near Clinton Social I just found out about…
There could be a considerable amount more – and this doesn’t even touch on the numerous burglaries, assaults and other nefarious incidents that happen on a daily basis.
Despite pleas and warnings; Zimmer slowly dismantles P.D.
For the past several years, certain groups in Hoboken purposely undermined the public perception of the Hoboken Police Department. Citing inaccurate departmental audits and repeatedly tossing buzz-words like “Top Heavy” around so much, that they ended up successfully down-sizing the police presence in Hoboken.
When in fact now – with Hoboken’s population listed at 50,000 (probably closer 55,000 – 60,000) – The city’s Police force is as low as it’s been since the early 1990’s (the previous spike in violent crime) – only around 130 officers.
From what I understand, the HPD is having a tough time maintaining minimum staffing levels on a weekly basis. Additionally – beyond various programs & bureaus being cut altogether – police response times seem to be increasing. At certain points throughout the day – I’ve noticed a backlog of calls. While the high-priority calls are usually taken first, other non-emergency calls still requiring police intervention are taking much much longer, sometimes even hours – negatively affecting quality of life in the Mile Square.
Media Blackout: City administration trying to hide ugly truth
The Zimmer Administration recently invoked a “media blackout” – in other words, no longer sharing the crime reports with credentialed media outlets like Hoboken411. At the very least, there is a tremendous amount of filtering that is taking place downtown. Additionally, city employees were threatened with disciplinary action (including loss of job) if they speak to members of the free press.
It’s likely their belief that by hiding the real crime rate in Hoboken (keeping everyone in the dark), that the city will continue being a popular destination, property values will remain stable – and their master plan to reduce the police force had no negative impacts.
As you can see – with the almost immediate up-tick in violent crimes, as well as the most out of control Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade ever (including rapes), this plan isn’t going so smoothly.
Demand answers; expect action – or vote them out
Here are some basic questions you can ask yourself, your elected council person or the Mayor herself.
- Were the layoffs & demotions really necessary?
- The single audit the city chose to use was based on much lower population estimates. Will they re-conduct the audit now? Or even read the audit that the Police Union obtained?
- How do they feel now, despite the multiple warnings – that the plan isn’t working out? What are they going to do about it? Wait till people die?
- What do they care more about? Public Safety – or votes for the next election?
- Would you rather they hide the facts about crime? Or do you expect openness and transparency from these public officials – who essentially work for YOU.
“Playing Politics” is not an iPhone App – this is real life, and I believe we’re reaching a serious tipping point. Something needs to be done, and quickly. The collective indifference exhibited at City Hall is turning into a very embarrassing (and dangerous) situation for our city as a whole.