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Police: Closure of Red Carpet Inn Reduces Toms River Downtown Crime by 92%

by Toms River Police Department

Toms River, NJ-It’s been two months since the Red Carpet Inn was shut down and the Toms River Police Department says there has been a significant drop in police activity in the downtown area.

The number of incidents reported by the Toms River Police Department for the area around the motel showed a noticeable decline. The statistics below are from the period of October 30th – December 30th 2018. The Township completed the purchase of the Red Carpet Inn
on October 30th, 2018.

• Burglaries were reduced by 50%
• Narcotics incidents dropped 55%
• Theft was reduced 12.5%
• Arrests dropped 16.6%
• Assaults fell 40%

“The largest decline occurred in disorderly persons’ incidents, which dropped from 13 to 1 or 92%,” said Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher.

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According to police records, officers responded to over 750 incidents at the location since 2015.

“This reveals a clear correlation between increased crime and safety concerns driven by the motel’s operation. Since the closure of the Red Carpet Inn, statistics show that crime in the entire neighborhood came down,” added Mayor Kelaher.

Chief Mitch Little said, “The police department worked closely with township officials and the recently created Quality of Life Task Force to identify and address pressing issues facing our community. The Red Carpet initiative is a result of great teamwork and cooperation by all involved. We look forward to a revitalization of our downtown area.”

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