The total number of criminal incidents in the city decreased from 6,188 in 2012 to 5,621 in 2013, marking a nine percent decline in crimes, according to recent statistics obtained from the Paterson Police Department.
Property crimes have retreated in every category except in arson. In 2012 there were 1,611 incidents of burglaries; in 2013 there were 1367 incidents of burglaries; the difference is 244, marking a sizable decrease. Similarly, larceny came down by 129 incidents between the two years. There were 908 motor vehicle thefts in 2012, in 2013 that number was reduced to 752.
Arson was the only category in property crimes that saw a massive increase of 37-percent: in 2012 there were five incidents, in 2013 there were eight.
Homicide declined from 24 incidents in 2012 to 18 incidents in 2013 – 25-percent decrease in murder between the two years. Rape remained unchanged with 25 incidents in 2013. Robbery, taking possession of another’s property by force or threat, slightly increased by six incidents in 2013.
Aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury using excess force or weapon, saw an uptick by 30 incidents.