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Crime Statistics in New Jersey

The overall crime rate in New Jersey has grown very slightly, with violent crimes growing more slowly than other types of criminal offenses. The 2010 Uniform Crime Report (UCR), prepared by the state police, contains information about seven types of offenses: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, bias crimes, carjacking and domestic violence.

Nonviolent criminal offenses increased two percent overall, with violent crimes growing by around .5 percent. Although the crime rate for 2010 grew over that of 2009, the rate has decreased since 2006, going from 26.4 offenses per 1000 persons to 24 per thousand for both violent and non-violent crimes.

The report contains 2010 information such as:

•· February saw the fewest number of violent crimes, while July showed the largest number (August for non-violent crimes)

•· Stolen property was valued at $354.8 million

•· 364, 211 persons were arrested from criminal offenses of all types in 2010, a decrease of 8 percent over 2009

•· Juvenile arrests decreased by 17 percent over 2009

•· Firearms were used in 67 percent of reported murders

•· Saturdays have the most murders, while Fridays have the fewest

•· Murder victims are overwhelmingly young men between the ages of 15 and 34

•· The largest number of murders occurred in Camden County, while no murders were reported in Warren and Hunterdon counties

•· Convenience store robberies increase 18 percent

•· Carjackings increased by 52 percent

The report also contains law enforcement analysis of the results. For example, reductions in motor vehicle theft can be attributed to more sophisticated ignition systems, while locations that saw an increase in motor vehicle theft can blame the great increase in the cost of auto parts.

Source: Cape May County Herald, "Latest Crime Data Shows Statewide Overall Crime Rate Up 1 Percent", by Jack Fichter, Nov. 11, 2011.

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