Hoboken Crime Statistics
Hoboken Crime Statistics show an increase
Hoboken411 reader str8talker submitted a letter regarding the recent “statistics” released by the city.
“I was just on the City of Hoboken’s website to get a telephone number, and I see that Mayor Zimmer’s posted crime statistics she requested from the Police Department.
Because I’m a dedicated Hoboken411 reader, I know the crime debate (as to whether there has been an increase) has come up recently. Obviously this is sore spot for Zimmer since she cut the size of the HPD and has already seen the negative results. Of course now, she’s trying to spin the facts. At first glance, I thought these statistics might prove that there was no increase in crime – but I took a deeper look. In fact, these statistics prove that there has been an increase in crime. That’s just like our Mayor to jump to the wrong conclusion too quickly.”
Take another look at the stats – and what wasn’t reported?
“You see – you can’t look at these statistics from a bird’s-eye perspective. You need to compare what months are like year to year. Why? Because of course weather and holidays are going to affect how many people are in town and how many are out and about. That’s just common sense. If you compare the months of March for 2009-2011, and the months of January from 2009-2011, guess what? There is an upward increase in total number of incidents:
March 2008 – 57
March 2009 – 86
March 2010 – 101
March 2011 – 96
(That’s a 68% increase from 2008 to 2011!)
Also, how can these stats be accurate where they indicate only 2 (2009), 9 (2010) and 13 (2011) aggravated assaults in the month of March (St. Patty’s?). I though on that day alone there were well over that number, let alone in the whole month!
Now look at December for the past three years:
December 2008 – 78
December 2009 – 100
December 2010 – 100
(That’s a steady 22% increase from 2008 to 2010)
Then look at August where there is historically much more crime:
August 2008 – 166
August 2009 – 121
August 2010 – 93
Crime was actually going down for a while! I attribute this to the fact that we actually had a functioning, well-oiled, staffed, police force. How much do you want to bet that this August is off the charts now that the HPD’s been crippled by our Mayor?
Hopefully you’ll post this with one of your great images. I hate to think people reading the City’s website who don’t take the time to look at this more closely are once again duped by the Administration.