Downtown Crime Meeting Tonight

Crime is up; so are concerns of law-abiding Hobokenites

Violent crime is up and the number of Hoboken Police Officers on the job is down.

The recent rash of burglaries and robberies will be discussed at a Public Safety meeting tonight at 138 Park Avenue (William Howard Home). First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano is hosting the community meeting. Key members of the Hoboken Police Department will be on hand to address growing concern criminals from out of town are finding downtown Hoboken to be a target-rich environment as the economy flounders.

Muggings, Armed Robberies & Home Invasions on the rise

The Hoboken PD has lost many senior officers through retirements, while younger officers have been assigned to new permanent duty at the Hoboken Housing Authority, bringing street crime down in that area just as it flares up elsewhere. Chief Falco admits his force has been depleted by excessive overtime work, officers on health-related disability and general fatigue. Instead of cops on the streets at night to stop the rash of muggings, they’re busy day-side policing the Cake Boss line.

In the First and Sixth wards there have been a rash of muggings and purse snatchings in the areas between 4th and 2nd on Park and Garden streets. (Before you go there, these have been found to have nothing to do with the location of the Homeless Shelter. The crimes were apparently committed by people who drove into Hoboken with accomplices to do their dirty deeds.)

Uptown Hoboken not immune to Home Invasion robberies

Home Invasions are when perpetrators break into an apartment with an intent to burglarize and attack the inhabitants, which recently occurred as far north as 1233 Park Avenue in broad daylight.

In fact, daytime robberies are on the rise because the criminals know how many people commute from Hoboken and leave all their yummy, high-priced stuff behind. Just a day before there was another home invasion at 63 Bloomfield Street, which followed the burglary at Lepore’s Chocolates.

217 Clinton was also the subject of a daytime robbery this month.

Hoboken crime uptick continues…

At 4:30 in the afternoon on April 2nd on Willow Ave. between 8th & 9th, a man was reportedly whacked in the head with a 2×4 by three males wearing black hoodies. Stolen from him were his keys, and his brown leather wallet containing around $85, identification and an insurance card. Then there’s also the recent string of automobile vandalism and break-ins which has included an array of “keying” and mirror-bashing incidents downtown, as well as the famous Corvette-crunching uptown.

Mayor denies problems; backtracks & calls for “Rent-a-Cops”

At first, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her endorsed slate for City Council tried to hold on to the never-proven claim there are “more cops on the street” now after her cutbacks.

One of her council candidates called people who reported gains in crime “liars.” With reality setting in they’re now singing a different tune from their City Hall-provided talking points, claiming $12 an hour part-time Rent-a-Cops will help eradicate violent crime from the streets. The elected members of the City Council have since rejected that plan, preferring to hire real cops to deal with real crime.

Watch for a lively discussion on this issue tonight at William Howard Home at 138 Park Avenue. The meeting begins at 6pm.

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9 Comments on "Downtown Crime Meeting Tonight"

IAmTheLaw
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IAmTheLaw

Guess what I saw last night around 7:30pm? Six police officers inside the PATH station, standing off to the side in a circle talking and laughing. Guess how many police officers I saw during the 12 minute walk to / from the PATH to my apartment that night? ZERO

Hope everyone has stocked up on mace and purchased excellent home owners insurance.

Seriously though, this town is a mile square. Policing this town should be a no-brainer. Hire some more real cops and make them walk the fuck around town.

HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

Where else will they see all the purdy goils?

I heard one of them say to another “Wait a few weeks. It only gets better as the weather gets warmer.”

I’m guessing he was talking about the short skirts and such as the weather improves.[quote comment=”206254″]Guess what I saw last night around 7:30pm? Six police officers inside the PATH station, standing off to the side in a circle talking and laughing. Guess how many police officers I saw during the 12 minute walk to / from the PATH to my apartment that night? ZEROHope everyone has stocked up on mace and purchased excellent home owners insurance.Seriously though, this town is a mile square. Policing this town should be a no-brainer. Hire some more real cops and make them walk the fuck around town.[/quote]

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

Call me crazy but why are the Hoboken Police taking care of this stupid Cake Boss line, shouldn’t the Police be out patroling for the Citizens of Hoboken and not tending a private business daily? I mean why is the town paying $60k or so to have an officer just STAND around all day in front of that place???? Shouldn’t Carlo’s be providing their own security for all the out of towner’s?

Wait, isn’t this a form of loitering as well per the City Ordinance Chapter 168 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS?

Can you explain Mrs. Mayor why the taxpayers money is being spent this way????

NoHorse
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NoHorse

I cannot lie and say that I like the job that Mayor Zimmer is doing. In fact on the issue of law enforcement I believe see is seriously remiss. However, misinformation must be corrected whenever possible and this is misinformation.

No need for a big speach or explaination here, Carlo’s hires an Officer to work crowd control, not the city. So actually, the city is making money from Carlo’s, as a portion of the Officer’s pay goes to the city.[quote comment=”206232″]Call me crazy but why are the Hoboken Police taking care of this stupid Cake Boss line, shouldn’t the Police be out patroling for the Citizens of Hoboken and not tending a private business daily? I mean why is the town paying $60k or so to have an officer just STAND around all day in front of that place???? Shouldn’t Carlo’s be providing their own security for all the out of towner’s? Wait, isn’t this a form of loitering as well per the City Ordinance Chapter 168 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS?Can you explain Mrs. Mayor why the taxpayers money is being spent this way????[/quote]

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

I am confused by your statement because as I scurried by there the other day the officer in fornt of the cake idiot was wearing a Hoboken Police Uniform….Now call me crazy but if Carlo’s hires him, should he be in civilian clothes as he is not representing the city but the PRIVATE company? If he is providing a service while in his HOBOKEN CITY UNIFORM then he represents the city, otherwise not.[quote comment=”206258″]I cannot lie and say that I like the job that Mayor Zimmer is doing. In fact on the issue of law enforcement I believe see is seriously remiss. However, misinformation must be corrected whenever possible and this is misinformation. No need for a big speach or explaination here, Carlo’s hires an Officer to work crowd control, not the city. So actually, the city is making money from Carlo’s, as a portion of the Officer’s pay goes to the city.[/quote]

NoHorse
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NoHorse
I guess if I follow your logic I could see how you might be confused, so allow me to clear it up for you. There is a fundamental difference between “who the Officer was/is representing” and “who is actually paying the Officer”. I’m sure you see my point. Certainly, any Officer, rather any City Employee, adorned in their “City Uniform” or displaying any connection to the City, represents the City. There is no dispute to that issue. However, Carlo’s Bakery is Certainly and without question paying the Officer who is doing crowd control for them on any given day, date, and time. If your real issue is not that your taxes are paying the Officer but, that you would like to see Carlo’s Bakery design and utilize their own Police Uniforms, then we have a totally different issue at hand. I don’t think an Officer wearing a Uniform which has a picture of Buddy on his/her Arm Patch, with some “Dirty Icing” and a little “Fondant” mixed in, is going to be able to control the crowds laughter, not to mention their demeanor. Let’s just chalk this up to you really didn’t know you weren’t paying abd let’s move along. Kind of like how we wish Buddy’s line woud move along! [quote comment=”206262″]I am confused by your statement because as I scurried by there the other day the officer in fornt of the cake idiot was wearing a Hoboken Police Uniform….Now call me crazy but if Carlo’s hires him, should… Read more »
LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl
So, when the “Officer” is “working” for Carlo’s is he receiving pay from the city at the same time or is performing this on his days off? Reason being is that there is a severe deficit with a deterence of crime to the public in Hoboken and you will NEVER see any police officers walking down Washington St. or any other Streets for that fact any more. Without a Police presence on foot, criminals and drunks will always push the limit of what they can get away with so I think the man power can be utilized in a much more effective way. If you would like to question this point, I welcome you to meander down Washington St. and tally up the numbers of officers seen or see what drunks do leaving the same bars every weekend without police presence. Not to long ago the Police had bikes and they would be stationed throughout the town to deter any wrong doing and it also made the community have a much more secure feeling, unlike today. It’s a real shame that a SMALL town like Hoboken is operated like a third world community with a Sicilian mentality.[quote comment=”206264″]I guess if I follow your logic I could see how you might be confused, so allow me to clear it up for you. There is a fundamental difference between “who the Officer was/is representing” and “who is actually paying the Officer”. I’m sure you see my point.Certainly, any Officer, rather any City… Read more »
NoHorse
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NoHorse
LobstaGirl, I guess I wasn’t clear enough. I’m not sure how I didn’t answer your question but one more time. The Officer working crowd control for Carlo’s Bakery is being paid by Carlo’s Bakery and ONLY Carlo’s Bakery. The City is not paying the Officer at that point and in fact as I stated above, The City is Actually making money from the Officer working that job as they receive a portion of his pay. Okay I hope that clears that up for you. Next, the world famous and often requested Walking Cop. This is really a tough one because I know people love the idea of this type of Patrol. Some people feel safe seeing them. Some just like the way it looks. Some just hate the idea of fat, lazy, cops riding around in their cars acting better than everyone. Truely sad because although it may Look Good. It does nothing for safety, it’s inefficient, and most towns have abandoned it. I know in theory the Officers get to know the people in their assigned community, and they form a special bond, etc… And were this the way it actually worked it would have a small place in Law enforcement. Sadly it lasts about a month, maybe two and then the community meetings draw less and less people. New people move in. The Officers are needed to fill in someplace else and get pulled. The problems are vast. Not to mention, they just can’t respond to emergencies quick… Read more »
4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian

Dawn Zimmer and Buddy Valastro have a classic “You do for me, I do for you” Hoboken relationship. Buddy does for Dawn by putting her on his TV shows and making special cakes for her birthdays and political functions. Dawn does for Buddy by naming the street for his business and letting his TV crew close down streets at will without permits. The taxpayers foot the bill for the cops and deal with the hoards of people blocking the crosswalks and wandering the streets lusting for mediocre cake. Crime is up and it’s Zimmer’s fault for targeting the Police Department for cuts when the economy is in the toilet. [quote comment=”206232″]Call me crazy but why are the Hoboken Police taking care of this stupid Cake Boss line, shouldn’t the Police be out patroling for the Citizens of Hoboken and not tending a private business daily? I mean why is the town paying $60k or so to have an officer just STAND around all day in front of that place???? Shouldn’t Carlo’s be providing their own security for all the out of towner’s? Wait, isn’t this a form of loitering as well per the City Ordinance Chapter 168 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS?Can you explain Mrs. Mayor why the taxpayers money is being spent this way????[/quote]

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