An Epidemic of Carjackings Afflicts Newark

Marc Santora and Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, December 28, 2013

The grocery shop in Newark was crowded on Monday, as customers picked up last-minute supplies for Christmas.

Out front, a couple of regular customers pulled up in a Mercedes-Benz E350. The passenger got out, but the driver remained behind the wheel, talking on a cellphone. Nearby, four young men lingered, their faces covered with scarves and hoods, eyeing the car as they walked past it twice, the store owner recalled.

One of the men jumped into the car and told the driver to get out, the store owner said. The driver resisted and slammed the car into reverse, hitting a parked Jeep, which tossed the assailant from the car. A shot was fired. The men fled, leaving the car behind and its driver wounded.

The episode was among the latest in an epidemic of carjackings in and around Newark. That gnawing reality was put in sharp relief on Dec. 15, when a young lawyer was shot and killed as he struggled with assailants intent on stealing his 2012 Range Rover in the parking garage of the Mall at Short Hills, a retail center in Millburn, N.J., that attracts the affluent.

Three of the young men who were eventually arrested and charged in the crime were from Newark. {snip}

“It is like a diseased town,” said the Newark store owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the assailants in the Mercedes case, who have not been caught. “There are a lot of predators.”

Carjackings are nothing new to Newark, a city that was among the nation’s worst for such crimes in the 1990s. Like other cities, Newark saw the number of carjackings fall in subsequent years. But they have returned to Newark with a vengeance.

In 2007, there were 208 reported carjackings in all of New Jersey. In 2012, there were 345 in Newark alone, 56 of which took place in December, according to the Newark police.

Already this year, there had been 475 carjackings in Essex County as of Friday, the vast majority of those in Newark, according to the Essex County prosecutor’s office. In contrast, New York City had seen 159 carjackings this year as of Friday, and there has been a general decline over the last five years, the Police Department said.

One law enforcement official in New Jersey, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, likened the trend in Newark to a “ride-share program” for criminals.

The rise in carjackings comes at a time when Newark is experiencing high rates of other violent crimes. With a population of less than 300,000 people, Newark has already seen at least 100 murders this year, and the feeling of lawlessness among some residents is palpable.

Law enforcement officials and criminologists also said that Newark’s proximity to major ports—one in Newark and another in nearby Elizabeth—has contributed to the increase, giving thieves the ability to move stolen cars quickly to overseas markets. Indeed, in some cases, carjackers are simply looking for a car they can use to commit another crime and then dump. Some are targets of opportunity; others are orchestrated by organized car-theft rings that send vehicles for resale in Africa, law enforcement officials said.

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One reason carjackings are resurgent is that many new cars have sophisticated anti-theft measures, including computerized ignition systems that make driving a vehicle without the keys nearly impossible.

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While weapons are used in most carjackings, very rarely do they lead to injury or death, officials said. Since 2009, three people had been killed during carjackings in Essex County, including Mr. Friedland, 30.

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  • Puggg

    Carjacking. Not carjacking. Stop the hateful rhetoric. They are undocumented automobile sales.

    • Extropico

      There are no illegal cars and it should be a criminal violation to identify one as foreign.

    • RileyDeWiley

      Informal non-remunerative vehicle exchanges.

      • Brian

        Dreamermobiles.

  • Erasmus

    And still clowns like Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Al “Tawana Brawley” $harpton pretend as if they don’t understand why people keep their guard up when strange blacks are around.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Even worse, the white assclowns in New Jersey just elected Newark’s metrosexual failed mayor Corey Booker to be their new US Senator.

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        yeah, don’t remind me….

      • Anon

        It’s because NJ gun culture is growing powerful enough here to challenge liberals. NJ…very obviously, is about to become a shall issue state by intervention of the high court. It has to do with the way they prevent CC which is completely illegal and obviously designed to interfere with constitutional rights. NJ wrote the law in such a way that implied all normal folk would get CC but that NJ reserved the right to allow local police chiefs to deny CC to people who, in their opinion, where troublemakers. In practice, 100% of CC are denied, even the most needful cases. There are a handful issued….to politicians. Just like our friend Fienstein recently got outed that she carries a .357 magnum everywhere she goes in a special purse.

        And think about that for a second. Recently, Feinstein had the chutzpah to say nasty things to rape, robbery and murder victims families who proved need for guns. And that ugly purse of hers, laying on the table was actually carrying her own personal weapon.

        New Jersey attempted to field a radical pro-candidate and the libtards came out in force to prevent that. However, he won 55% to 44%. Not quite there yet. Of course, Booker outspent Lonegan by a factor of ten. This was never really about challenging Booker. It was about making a point over the gun issue. Had Lonegan been at parity with fundraising, he would have won. And, of course, Booker is going to face just such a challenge in the next election, on this issue but with real money on the line.

    • bilderbuster

      They know exactly why people keep their guard up.

  • Rhialto

    This incident shows the importance of keeping your car doors LOCKED, when parked.

    I know the risk involved, but it’s good that a law abiding man stood up to Black thugs.

    • Anon

      It also shows why you should keep your CC under your armpit, not in your waistband.

  • Manaphy

    Carjackings and violent crime tend to be genetic issues among “People of Newark”.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Yes, I would say that Newark is suffering from an infestation, not an epidemic.

  • MekongDelta69

    What was stated:
    “One reason carjackings are resurgent is that many new cars have sophisticated anti-theft measures, including computerized ignition systems that make driving a vehicle without the keys nearly impossible.”

    What should have been stated:
    “One reason carjackings are resurgent is blacks.”

    • Anon

      Any car worth anything, you will save in insurance, more than it costs, to have a Lojack installed. Lojack will get your car back before they can strip it. But that isn’t the sweet part. The sweet part tapping a code into your phone that, not only reports a carjacking but puts exactly where your car is on every gps in every cop car in the vicinity.

  • Druid

    The only reason for this article is a Jewish lawyer was murdered. Otherwise, it never would’ve been covered by the Times.

    • bilderbuster

      The same with “The Knockout Game”.

  • DavidSNESGAMER

    lol at the “port” excuse. By that logic, every coastal city should have the same increase.

    Do a correlation on carjackings between race and ports.

  • bigone4u

    Think about the civilizational aspect of so many of a country’s formerly great cities turning into war zones because and only because of a race of animals. A real civilization would find a way to rid itself of those animals. A real civilization would not allow itself to be dragged down by a foreign race. How I miss real civilization. After the collapse of this shell of a civilization, maybe it will return.

    • Max Krakah

      Where is the American Putin?!

      • Sick of it

        Smothered by masses of suicidal idiots.

      • IstvanIN

        Moscow has turned foreign under Putin.

    • bilderbuster

      George Wallace was shot back in the day when it would have been an easy job.

    • MBlanc46

      Get rid of them or contain and control them.

  • Max Krakah

    Funny how it is Newark and not Westchester.

  • John Smith

    The article is entitled “an epidemic of carjackings afflicts Newark”.

    It should read, “a presence of blacks plagues Newark”.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Yes it’s an “epidemic” that has just randomly decided to “afflict” Newark, just as spots of bad weather randomly descend on Long Island during the winter. It’s the geography not the demography!

      • jane johnson

        That’s exactly what I was thinking, and even checked the original article to make sure that the headline wasn’t AmRen sarcasm. Nope. That was the actual NY Times headline. If it’s really an epidemic, perhaps a lengthy quarantine is in order.

    • Conrad

      Newark –
      Caucasian 26.31% African American 53.36%

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        Maybe, but you be amazed at what passes for Caucasian these days.

  • Luca

    It is written into their DNA to pick the low hanging fruit. Why go through all the stress of getting a job, getting a loan and making payments when all you have to do is pull out a gun?

    • MBlanc46

      The upside of that is that many of them are in the ground of behind bars before making it to 25.

  • Does anybody actually think newer car doors lock as soon as you hit a certain speed to keep the occupants in if involved in an accident? They lock to keep coloreds out.

    • Xerxes22

      Now all they have to do is point a loaded gun at the driver’s side window and order you to open the door. There are no bullet proof windows on new cars. That will be the next upgrade accessory.

      • MBlanc46

        We’re definitely heading towards armor plating and bullet-proof glass.

  • “It’s like a diseased town. There are lots of predators.”

    It’s like an African town. There are lots of n-words.

    There: I fixed it.

  • gemjunior

    This young boon was captured much faster than the assailant of the “more affluent” guy – is there a point to be made hear? That knee grows have more effective policing in the ghetto?

  • Spartacus

    “With a population of less than 300,000 people, Newark has already seen at least 100 murders this year”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    For the sake of comparison – Bucuresti, where I live, has a population of about 1.8 million people on paper, and about 2.5 million de-facto. I don’t think we’ve ever had a year when the murders reached 3 digits. For that matter, I don’t think it ever even reached 50. The difference – Bucuresti is over 95% White…. Oh, and we have a smaller GDP per capita than Newark, just so you can eliminate the “poverty” factor.

    • Manaphy

      “Bucuresti is over 95% White”

      Rest assured that because of this, Romania will be the non-Eskimos’ next target.

      • Spartacus

        Don’t worry. Romania might be in chaos and poverty now, but we’ll do what must be done when the time comes. We always did, even if we always take too long doing it…

        • KissThe Pussy

          Thanks Spartacus……that poster is a keeper.

        • MBlanc46

          Good old Vlad.

  • Anon

    This article is misleading. The Mall at Short Hills is one of the safest areas of New Jersey. Newark, is a large, nebulous area that is mostly one of the worst parts of New Jersey and relatively OK to live in New Jersey.

    Three things to understand about this state. The first is the population density here is greater than that of India…..except here, everyone owns cars and drives everywhere. And, if they don’t own a car, takes the bus everywhere.

    Two, New Jersey is far, far, far more segregated that any place else in the US. About 14% of the state is black….average for the US. But, they are walled in to their own neighborhoods. An extremely wealthy, 10% asian population acts as a bulwark, cutting northern New Jersey in half along Parsippany, bisecting route 80. These rather nice areas aren’t actually gated but employ significant amounts of security personal.

    Which brings up the final thing about New Jersey. It is an out and out police state. All of the countries most wealthy people live here and do business here. I never hear cops saying things racist here, like I did constantly when I lived in Chicago. But I can’t help but notice the occasional black who buys a house in my neighborhood who never stays long….mysteriously disappear is more like it. I will occasionally see a street person wander into a mall area and then disappear.

    This is one of those situations where the cops keep blacks in their own neighborhoods with the understanding that they can do anything they like there…….and are not allowed to leave. If they leave, they will politely be returned. If they leave again, they will get some stick time and be returned. Do it again, and they will be traveling to an undisclosed location in someone’s trunk.

    • The mafia used to dump bodies in my neighborhood in Holmdell, not far from Bell Labs.

      • MBlanc46

        So, MCS, you are a Garden Stater by origin? You project such a Rocky Mountain High image, it’s hard to imagine you as a Joisyite.

        • I won’t go back to NJ. We moved out west in 1972, when I was six. Sadly, I have a very good memory. I remember everything, like my parents’ favorite restaurant: “Clam Hut”. I have an abiding love of seafood 40 years later.

          Colorado is the best place I’ve ever been.

          • MBlanc46

            Other than driving through on the Interstates all I know of NJ was a few days in Somerville in about 1970, which was fairly pleasant. I fear that I’d find Colorado too much of a desert for me. If only I could find a place that had NE Illinois’ fresh water with a subtropical climate.

    • MBlanc46

      “This is one of those situations where the cops keep blacks in their own
      neighborhoods with the understanding that they can do anything they like
      there…….and are not allowed to leave. If they leave, they will
      politely be returned. If they leave again, they will get some stick
      time and be returned. Do it again, and they will be traveling to an
      undisclosed location in someone’s trunk.”

      Whilst not ideal, this is probably the only way to deal with blacks until we can find something even remotely productive for them to do.

  • Anon

    Hilarious story. Up the road from me is a large house a friend of mine built and moved away when his children were grown. It had been empty for awhile but a jew bought it for he, his black fiance and their dog. Nice enough people. The jew, of course, hated white people and would not so much as look at anyone in the neighborhood. His “wife” was nice enough and at least talked to people as she was out walking their dog. She lived there about 6 months and three times her “relatives” came to visit. A more vile pack of ghetto scum, I’ve rarely seen (and I’ve lived and worked in the worst neighborhoods in Chicago, in and around the prison population and community mental health)

    They never wandered far but the waves of malevolence oozing off them was disturbing. The neighborhood kept a close eye on them.

    One day, wifey mysteriously disappears. Two months go by. Then, another woman shows up. She’s roughly the same size as the black chick, cut her hair exactly like her. And here is the creepy part. She went around wearing her clothes and walking the dog, going out of her way to look like the old girlfriend/wife whatever, only she was WHITE.

    That didn’t last long either. The whole group mysteriously disappeared. No moving van. The lights just went out one day and instead of the jewish guy doing his lawn and ignoring us all, some company was doing it.

    Not clear if the house is up for sale again.

    I don’t like weirdness.

  • Here in Colorado, I voted for legal marijuana last November.

  • Brian

    So true. An older black woman down the road from me is ‘one of the good ones’. Two of her kids are decent. The son is the biggest p.o.s. imaginable. 12 DUIs over the years. He tried to get me to apply for federal student loans for him and apply to some online/for profit diploma mill college, so I could take the tests for him. He got a pit bull and let it run wild til I told his mom the next time I saw it loose it was going to get shotgunned. Reversion to the mean, indeed.

  • Brian

    I would say the Disingenuous White Liberal Diversity (at a distance) Lover is like HIV, weakening the immune system, and the minorities are the bronchitis and pneumonia (opportunistic infections that now get past the weakened immune system) that actually kill you.

  • Brian

    South Africa seems to bear this out.

  • MBlanc46

    There ya go, as soon as Cory Booker leaves town, the place goes to hell.