Asbury Park Reports 11 Percent Decrease in Crime Rate

The Asbury Park Police Department released the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) which outlines an 11 percent decrease in reported crimes in the city from January through August 2018.

The UCR program, compiled by the FBI, is a nationwide effort to create uniform crime statistics. The decrease in the crime rate also resulted in a lowered Crime Index rate for Asbury Park, decreasing from 624 to 583. The Crime Index is a measurement to standardize crime per municipality.

“The 11 percent drop in the city’s crime rate is thanks to the dedication and hard work of the officers of the Asbury Park Police Department,” said Deputy Police Chief David Kelso, “And, it’s a true team effort, from support of the Mayor and Council, who have provided us with the resources and manpower necessary to accomplish this goal, to the assistance we receive from our law enforcement partners including those at the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, the DEA, the US Marshalls, the NJ State Police and surrounding local agencies.”

“This is a continued and outstanding effort by APPD,” said Mayor John Moor, “And their success is no doubt due to the efforts they make with community outreach and keeping good relations throughout the City. Their participation in community events throughout the year helps keep them visible, educates the public on safety, and encourages open dialogue.”

The Asbury Park Police Department received accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police this past January, demonstrating their commitment to utilizing best practices and delivering the best possible service to the residents of the City of Asbury Park.

APPD continues to encourage residents and visitors to be vigilant to avoid being a victim of crime; keep cars and bikes locked, keep valuables out of plain sight, register bikes and surveillance cameras, and always report suspicious activity.

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