FAIRFIELD, NJ — The crime rate in Fairfield Township has recently decreased, according to the latest New Jersey Uniform Crime Report revealed by Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna.
Manna addressed the township’s mayor and council at Monday’s meeting, where he reported on the survey that the police department conducted at National Night Out on Aug. 1. It showed that most of the public believed the crime rate in town increased or stayed the same when in actuality it decreased.
Manna said that the police department is very open with the public, and that because of this openness, it might appear that crime has gone up.
The Uniform Crime Report showed that the highest crime index total was at its highest in Fairfield in 2011, with a total of 312 crimes. In the latest report, which is for 2015, the crime index total is 177, according to Manna.
Manna also reported that there were 15 violent crimes in 2010, and only five 2015. Non-violent crimes decreased from 301 in 2011 to 172 in 2015.
The crime rate per 1000 decreased from 41.8 in 2011 to 23.4 in 2015. The violent crime rate per 1000 decreased from 2.0 in 2010 to 0.7 in 2015, and the non-violent crime rate per 1000 decreased from 40.3 in 2011 to 22.7 in 2015, according to Manna.
In the latest report, there were zero murders, one rape, two robberies, two aggravated assaults, 16 burglaries, 144 larcenies, 12 motor vehicle thefts and one arson.
Council President Michael McGlynn recognized that the police department is being very diligent and successful in apprehending criminals.
Manna said the truth of that statement can be attributed to the technological enhancements.
“Our capability is better now,” he said.
McGlynn said he believes the decrease in the number of crimes is directly related to the diligent work of the police department, and Councilman Joseph Cifelli said that the police department is doing “a great job.”
Manna also said that the results of the survey showed that citizens “felt safe” in the community.
According to Manna, the police department is working on providing a “Safe Zone” in the municipal parking lot for those selling merchandise over the internet. It will include public surveillance, he said.
When selling goods, Manna said many people provide their addresses and have pickups from their front porches. This is not safe, he said, as it gives a potential thief the opportunity to survey the house and neighborhood.
Further results of the Uniform Crime Report will be posted on the police department’s website in the near future.