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Newark's Dropping Crime Rate Is as Much About Perception as Reality

The city reported the lowest number of crimes in fifty years. Mayor Ras Baraka says these are numbers ‘that need to be touted’

When Newark Mayor Ras Baraka graduated from high school in 1986, the city reported about 40,000 crimes. Last year, the city said there were just over 8,000 — the lowest number in five decades.

Overall, crime was down 15 percent last year compared to 2017, according to official numbers, with rape and aggravated assault as exceptions. 

"These are numbers that need to be touted, need to be expressed, need to be talked about," Baraka said, who added that overall crime has declined every year since he took office in 2014.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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