New Camden, N.J., police statistics show total crime numbers fell nearly 30 percent in the first quarter of 2014 when compared with 2013, reports Philly.com. There were three fewer homicides, dropping the total to 10, reflecting a 23 percent drop compared with 13 the same period last year. Assaults with a firearm plunged 45 percent. “I believe this is the beginning of a resurgence,” said resident Wren Ingram. “I have felt hope many times before, but this is completely different. It's the absolute truth.” For decades, Camden has been plagued by crime and called “America's Most Dangerous City.”
Last May, a newly formed, non-unionized Camden County Police department took over from the disbanded,unionized Camden City Police Department. The new data reflect one quarter under the old force compared against a quarter under the new force. The new force implemented crime fighting devices such as license plate scanners, the full deployment of 160 “eye-in-the-sky” cameras and other high tech equipment that remotely monitor whole swaths of the city. Though snowstorms blanketed the region for much of the winter, county officials don't believe that caused the drop in criminal offenses in Camden.