Talk about great news… the city of Newark has reported the lowest murder rate for the first 4 months of 2009 since 1959!
Mayor Cory A. Booker and Police Director Garry F. McCarthy announced today that the City of Newark has seen the fewest murders in 50 years in the time period between January 1, 2009, and May 1, 2009, with only 14 homicides reported. Between January 1 and May 1, 1959, the Newark Police recorded 11 homicides.
This is very significant especially on the heels of the state releasing increased violent crime numbers state wide, maneuvering through the depths of a recession, and high unemployment in the city.
The city contributes this to many factors from beefed up policing to community involvement. However one cannot dismiss the role of technnology in these results. From CompStat to cameras Mayor Booker has lead the charge in instituting technology for law enforcement. See this article from Business Week Magazine.
Way to go Newark!!! KEEP IT UP!!