The state’s uniform crime report is out—an analysis of crime data from police agencies throughout New Jersey.
But whatever the numbers are for the township, Cinnaminson’s Public Safety Director Michael P. King doesn’t give it much credence.
“We’re not waiting for the uniform crime report to come out,” King said. “We react as things are fresh. We monitor crime trends and react to them.”
After all, the numbers are a bit old.
The report comes out in mid-December, but the numbers are for the full previous year. The Dec. 14, 2012 report is for 2011.
But they still mean the same thing. And for Cinnaminson, nothing much stands out aside from the number of burglaries.
In 2010, the number of burglaries reported in Cinnaminson is 53. In 2011, the number rose to 87. In 2009, there were 67.
“There have been burglaries in certain areas of town,” King said. “We’re monitoring whenever we have calls.”
King—who started with Cinnaminson in the summer of 2011, which means he was at the helm of the department for about six months of the crime report year—said burglaries rise in times of economic need.
“Due to the economy, that triggers thefts or burglaries,” he said. “We’re always concerned about it. We make sure we have a high visibility as well other as other proactive approaches to make sure the residential areas of the town are well-policed.”
Burglaries were up in surrounding towns, so Cinnaminson is not alone. From 2010 to 2011, burglaries went from 67 to 74 in Moorestown, from 27 to 35 in Palmyra and from 39 to 66 in Delran.
In most other areas, crime data showed decreases. Violent crimes were down from one year to the next, 25 to 16; robbery was down from 8 to 5; and aggravated assault from 13 to 6.
“If you look at the decreases,” King said, “it the shows the type of policing that we’re doing. The officers are out there doing their jobs.”
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