Personal property crimes were spread out across the township in 2011, with a slightly higher concentration focused around a few blocks near Godwin and Crescent avenues, according to an analysis of crime data.
Wyckoff Patch mapped personal property crimes — burglary, larceny and car theft — reported to the Wyckoff Police Department in 2011.
Last year there were 49 burglaries, 78 larcenies and two vehicles were stolen in the township according to police records obtained via a public records request.
The map above operates just like a typical Google Map: click and drag to navigate around the map; click the plus or minus button on the lefthand side of the map to zoom in or out. Each red dot represents an incident reported to the Wyckoff Police in 2011. Click the dot to find out detailed information about each incident.
A Closer Look at An Outlier
Noting a general scattering of incidents on the map, Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said that in a large community like Wyckoff no section of the township is immune to crime.
"The incidents are spread out all over with the exception of the ," Fox said.
Police after on several residences in the area around her Crescent Avenue home.
Cannon used a flashlight, screwdriver, hammer and rubber gloves during "nighttime burglary sprees," cops said following her 2011 arrest.
Cops following an investigation by Wyckoff Police.
Car Thefts on Track to Increase Sixfold
Data from 2009 through April 1, 2012 also showed that more cars had been stolen in Wyckoff in the first three months of 2012 than in each of the previous three years.
Should car thefts continue at their current rate throughout the remainder of this year, the number of stolen vehicles would double the previous three years combined, and be six times higher than the number of cars stolen last year.
In 2009, 2010, and 2011, two cars per year were stolen. In the first quarter of this year, three cars have been stolen — compared with the first quarter of last year, in which no cars were stolen (thefts occurred on April 20, 2011, and September 5, 2011.)
Car thefts have been an for local police in and around Wyckoff. Police say vehicle owners have been leaving electronic key fobs in their unlocked cars, which allow car thieves to make off with the stolen property without much of a hassle.
Earlier this week a Porsche, a Ferrari, two BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz were recovered after state police and other law enforcement officials and brought them to Newark.
Police were unsure if the recovered cars were connected to thefts in Wyckoff.
Analyzing the Data
Below are tables detailing police reports on personal property crimes in Wyckoff. The information was obtained by an OPRA request completed by the Wyckoff Police Department.
In the tables, "Cleared" does not necessarily mean that a suspect was arrested, according to Wyckoff Police Sgt. Michael Ragucci. Instances where a suspect "is known but due to the victim not wishing to pursue complaints or other factors an 'arrest' is not made" would result in a clearance as well, Ragucci said.
Jan. 1 - April 1, 2012 Incidents Cleared Property Crime 37 5 Burglary 6 2 Larceny 28 3 Motor Vehicle Theft 3 0
2012 (Projected) Incidents (Projected) Cleared (Projected) Property Crime 148 20 Burglary 24 8 Larceny 112 12 Motor Vehicle Theft 12 0
2011 Incidents Cleared Property Crime 129 21 Burglary 49 13 Larceny 78 18 Motor Vehicle Theft 2 0
2010 Incidents Cleared Property Crime 103 22 Burglary 19 0 Larceny 82 20 Motor Vehicle Theft 2 2
2009 Incidents Cleared Property Crime 113 14 Burglary 30 0 Larceny 81 14 Motor Vehicle Theft 2 0