Perceptions often differ from reality.
The data here show a central fact about public safety in Newark: while the rate of violence in Newark stands well above the average (for all communities: rural, suburban, and urban), it is in the middle of the pack in comparison to other cities like Newark.
The data also show that Newark’s violence is related to gun crime and robbery, mostly driven by group associated behavior. Unless the city is a safe place for its residents, businesses and visitors, it cannot be the kind of wonderful place its residents deserve to live, raise families, and build satisfying lives or be the urban center that New Jersey craves. Driven by this data, the Safer Newark Council is focused on the most pressing task of driving a strategy to reduce gun-related crimes (homicides, shooting and robbery).