In 2016, the City of Newark experienced an overall double-digit decrease in crime compared to 2015. Through August 6, 2017, many of these reductions continue. Compared to the same time period in 2016, murders are down 29% and robberies are down 21%. Unfortunately, aggravated assaults* have seen a 30% increase and all of the property crime categories have experienced slight increases. While there has been a large decrease in the number of murders this year, the number of nonfatal shooting incidents have increased 37% compared to the same period last year.
*An aggravated assault occurs when either serious bodily injury to another is caused, any bodily injury is attempted or purposely, recklessly or knowingly caused with the use of a deadly weapon, or when a defendant points a firearm in the direction of another individual.