Report: Crime On The Rise In Camden Following Police Layoffs

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Crime in Camden is on the rise following deep cuts to the police force earlier this year.

An analysis of crime data by The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill finds violent crime was up 13 percent from Jan. 1 through June 20 compared with the same period a year ago.

The rates were also higher than in the first half of 2008 and 2009.

Assaults with guns have been particularly high, up 60 percent from last year.

The newspaper also found nonviolent crime up by 21 percent so far in 2011.

Experts caution not to blame just the layoffs, which shed nearly half the city’s police force amid a budget crisis in January. Since then, some officers have been hired back.

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  1. JustSaying says:

    Fewer cops = more crime? Huh, who could’ve seen that? Oh well, cops are typically ‘after the fact’ anyway, they don’t really prevent all that much crime except in the immediate vacinity at any given point in time. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cops. In fact I truly respect them and the jobs they do. I just don’t see them as a real crime deterrent.

  2. Nick says:

    Robberies at donut shops went up as police presence dwindled.

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