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.
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.