Lenox Avenue in suburban East Orange was long a hotbed of drugs and gun mayhem and one of New Jersey’s toughest streets. But Big Brother has cleaned it up.
Police here say that thanks to new technology there has not been a single violent crime in almost a year on a street where the notorious Bloods gang sold $10 hits of crack cocaine and drive-by shootings were once commonplace.
Now high-tech cameras and gunshot sensors are mounted at each end of Lenox Avenue, and on many other East Orange streets. The residential avenue of mainly multifamily homes is blocked from traffic and, with the exception of the 24-hour police presence, it looks as tranquil as most New Jersey suburbs.
“There’s no drug dealers or nothing here. They all left,” said Andre Davis, 15, riding his scooter on Lenox. “There’s no gang bangers, no drugs. The cops done a good job.”