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 isĀ  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).

Murder Rate per 100,000 US Cities

Source: Uniform Crime Reports

Murder Rate per 100,000 NJ Cities

Source: Uniform Crime Reports
Source: Newark Department of Public Safety and Leigh Grossman, Rutgers

Any strategy of crime prevention in Newark will have to take account of the core fact that crime does not spread evenly across the geography of Newark, but rather concentrates in specific locations.

Newark Adult and Juvenile Arrests 2008-2014

Source: Newark Department of Public Safety and Leigh Grossman, Rutgers

Despite popular perception, the percentage of juvenile arrests is very low

Street Violence Concentration

Source: Newark Department of Public Safety and Leigh Grossman, Rutgers

2015 Murder Victims and Suspects

105 victims, 103 incidents

– 85% of incidents involved firearms, 7.8% involved blunt force.
– 95.2% male; 87% Black, 11% Hispanic
– 31.4% were ages 24 and under, mean age = 32.07.
– 83.8% were known to the NJ CJ system before they were killed.
– These CJ-known victims had, on average, 9.4 prior arrests.

80 suspects or persons of interest

96.3% male; 82.5% Black, 17.5% Hispanic
51.3% were ages 24 and under, mean age = 25.74.
91.3% were known to the NJ CJ system before they killed.
These CJ-known offenders had, on average, 8.5 prior arrests.

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter in Newark

Source: Newark Department of Public Safety and Leigh Grossman, Rutgers