HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Police Department reflects on its work in 2020, which includes above average scores for casework.

"Congratulations to our Hoboken Police Department (HPD) Detectives and Uniformed personnel for clearing by arrest 29.6% (285 of 964) of the crimes reported and investigated in 2020," said Chief Kenneth Ferrante on Tuesday. "This includes 100% of the violent crime cases of Murder, Rape, & Arson—in conjunction with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office."

According to Ferrante, HPD exceeded the state average in 8 of the 9 offense categories. Of note, officers cleared 53.8% of robbery cases (state average: 29.6%), 27.9% of Motor Vehicle Theft cases (state average: 6.9%), and 57.7% of Burglary cases (state average: 17.5%).

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"They safely worked around Covid restrictions," said Ferrante, "doing interviews, arrests & evidence gathering."

Overall, violent crime dropped 16.4% over the past year. Non-violent crime, however, saw an increase of 14.6%.

Hoboken saw its first murder in five years, on August 7. Aggravated Assault incidents dropped 20.6%. Meanwhile, there was a significant spike in burglary—up 38.3%.

Of the non-violent crimes, Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante said, "those numbers could be attributed to unemployment, the pandemic’s economic issues, shopliftings, package thefts, and the fact that most of these property crimes—including Burglary—had the offenders charged on summonses and many of the cases have not been brought to courtrooms yet due to the pandemic, so there are high rates of recidivism."

Ferrante added, "I always feel violent crime numbers, incl. robbery are the biggest indicators of a safe city."

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