Violent crimes soar amid Newark officer layoffs

Statistics show violence in Newark has soared as the cash-strapped police department tries to do more with less.The latest statistics say murders are up 52

NEWARK - Statistics show violence in Newark has soared as the cash-strapped police department tries to do more with less.

The latest statistics say murders are up 52 percent for the first half of this year compared to last year. Car thefts are also up 33 percent.

Officials admit the recent 160 layoffs may be partly to blame, after the report also shows that cops made 4,000 fewer arrests.

On Friday, Dawn Reddick, a teacher returning to her hometown of Newark to visit family, was shot to death.

Councilman Ronald C. Rice is encouraging neighborhoods to form their own watch programs to look out for each other.

The 28th annual National Night Out will be held tomorrow. The goal is to strengthen partnerships between citizens, law enforcement, neighborhood organizations and local officials in order to help prevent crime.

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