Newark officials are encouraged by signs that murders and shootings have decreased in 2009, reports the Associated Press. Through April, New Jersey’s largest city reported 14 murders , the lowest tally for that period since 1959. “These results are tremendously encouraging,” said Mayor Cory Booker. “We’re in this to win and for Newark that means a continuing reduction in violent crime until everyone see that the city is a safe place again. We still have a way to go to do that.”
There also were crime decreases in 2008, which some people called an anomaly in a city known for senseless violence, including the schoolyard slayings of three young friends in 2007. The 14 murders in 2009 compare with 17 for the same period in 2008, a year in which the city went 43 days without a murder. There were 32 murders in the first four months of 2006. Shootings fell 21 percent to 66 incidents in the first 117 days of this year and are down 51 percent from 2006. Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy has put more officers on the street when crime is most likely to occur , from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.