The state’s overall crime rate reduced by 5% in one year starting from 2014 to 2015, as shown by the New Jersey Department of Public Safety’s latest Uniform Crime Report, which is an annual review of crime statistics.

Crimes committed during the time period from 1st of January 2015 to 31st of December 2015 were measured by the State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit.

The main report included the following 7 crime categories:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Larceny
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Burglary

For other crimes, including carjacking and domestic violence, a separate report was prepared.

The rate of violent crimes reduced 1% to 22,899, whereas the previous report showed number of violent crimes at 23,004. The crime of robbery reduced 7%. The crime of murder increased 4% and in rape crime showed an increase of 43%.

According to New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, “While the latest crime data shows a decrease in the overall crime rate in New Jersey, there is still considerable room for improvement. Reducing the number of shootings and murders in our urban areas continues to be a priority for the Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey State Police. The State Police will continue to support our cities in reducing senseless shootings and murders.”

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