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Patch: Tourism Drives Crime, Belmar 28th!

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From the story:

A number of Jersey Shore communities appeared on this list – perhaps indicating that a number of small communities are dealing with a pattern of crime that coincides with the summer tourism season.



  1. Judy wrote:

    There is never a police blog in the paper anymore to know what’s going on. The council will blame the summer crowds.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I blame the Council for doing everything they can to make the summer crowds bigger.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  3. Fed Up wrote:

    There is no police blog as everything is hidden. No one is arrested anyway just brought to the pizzeria.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm | Permalink
  4. Tom Burke wrote:

    In reading through the patch analysis it would seem there was no consideration of “Summer Population” in the research. If the analysis was done on our full time population of 6000, and we have 30,000 on a weekend requiring police attention, the analysis would be flawed. As example: Do you really think the Belmar crime rate per 1000 people is nearly the same a Trenton’s? I would much rather have an analysis from the New York Times or Wall street Journal than the Belmar-Manasquan Patch before passing any judgments.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  5. Tulip wrote:

    Don’t you know we live in a crime free paradise and all these people are supporting us and pay our bills and have a right to be here so they say. That’s great if you buy it.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  6. OLD MAN wrote:

    #4 Point is the crime rate soars when we have are wonderful tourism season in full force. Stay back and wait for yourself to lose the election.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:54 am | Permalink
  7. Cathi wrote:

    #4 – Isn’t that the point. Perhaps Belmar would not have even made the list if not for it’s Summer Tourism impact?

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:48 am | Permalink
  8. Belmar Resident wrote:

    I too wish that the police blotter appears more often. Late in the summer, the coast Star printed one and on my quiet little street, far from Ocean Ave.
    there were two-one involving shooting and unlawful possession of fire arm and the other trespassing. Almost all the others were 20th and Ocean. The crimes and misdemeanors result in income from court fines, there is an entire “industry” of attorneys and court personnel, police whose livelihood rests on the continuance of such behaviors. Good Luck.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  9. Season badge holder wrote:

    Call the Coast Star and ask why the police blotter isn’t there for Belmar. It is for all the other towns. Call call call

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  10. principy wrote:

    The tone of all appointees in govt is set by a mayor. That means from the judges on down through the ranks. If told anything goes then the message is clear. The direction is followed.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  11. Ms Sarcastic wrote:

    If they counted the number of times the Seagulls have stolen food and taken stuff out of bags we would be #1

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  12. Miss Information wrote:

    Wrong information, reported the wrong way, that draws a wrong conclusion. Using the total year round resident population (which is very small) causes this statistic to inaccurately spike and make Belmar look bad, which helps none of us. (anyone in favor of making Belmar look bad? Hope not.) It’s good that police make these arrests when people break the law. It has both a deterrent effect and “unfortunately” generates lots of revenue as well. Double-edged sword.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  13. admin wrote:

    Spin Spin Spin. Defend the indefensible. The fact is that even if it’s only during the summer, we’re a small town with A LOT of crime.

    Maybe when you’re a victim you’ll see it differently.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  14. Resident wrote:

    Whether the crime happens before the summer season, during it or after. It is still crime in our town.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    If we were 28th best we would be hearing all about it.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  16. OLD MAN wrote:

    #12 Who gets the revenue….The bar owners, stupid reason

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  17. Concerned wrote:

    Take a minute to have a conversation with one of the wonderful people who volunteer for the Belmar First Aid. The amount of heroin (or other) OD calls is over the top. – just saying.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  18. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #17. Thank you, a world in denial. Recently in New Hampshire it was the #1 issue of voters there and in Vermont also. You would never know if you were to listen to those running for office in November in NJ.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  19. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Lake Como and Spring Lake send criminals to Belmar.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  20. Re Belmar wrote:

    Drugs, drugs, drugs.

    Belmar has a serious drug problem.

    Does the town have police drug dogs? Cause they need them.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 5:04 am | Permalink
  21. hello wrote:

    Seems like a weird list. Why aren’t Newark and Camden at the top?

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 5:07 am | Permalink
  22. admin wrote:

    Because it counts all crimes and not just serious crimes and it’s probably not weighted based on the seriousness of the offense.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 5:18 am | Permalink
  23. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #20, Sir, I’m no animal rights crazy but I’m against having dogs on the local police depts. My reasoning is this. The police will just put the dog in a cage in a car and drive them around constantly. That is no way for an animal to live. If they would put the dog on a walking beat with a policeman, I’d have no problem with it but they won’t. Nobody walks.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

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