PATERSON, NJ - The city saw a slight dip in violent crime in 2013, and a somewhat more substantial drop in murders.
According to statistics provided to The Alternative Press by the Paterson Police Department, there were 1,513 violent crimes in the city last year, a decrease of 2.7 percent from the 1,555 violent crimes in Paterson in 2012.
There were 18 murders in Paterson in 2013. The year before, the city had 24 murder cases.
Overall property crime saw an 11.4 percent drop in 2013, with burglaries and motor vehicle thefts showing the biggest decrease from 2012 to 2013.