Newark's crime record appeared to be on the upswing a few years ago. March 2010 marked its first murder-free month in more than 40 years and shootings were down for three back-to-back years, falling 75% through 2009,Mayor Cory Booker told CNN in a televised interview.
But then budget constraints sparked by the recession forced the city to lay off one-sixth of its police force.
The rate of violent crime rose by more than 11% in 2011 compared with 2010. Street crimes spiked, with robberies up 23% and thecity's robbery rate ranked third highest among the nation's cities.
Source: CQ Presscompiled this index using data reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's"Crime in the United States 2011." *The crime index is a weighted average of six crime categories murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The national rate is 1 and any number higher than that indicates a higher than average incidence of crime. **List includes cities with populations of 250,000 or more.
By Les Christie @CNNMoney - Last updated January 23 2013 03:22 PM ET