Report: Violent crime drops in New Jersey

May 4, 2009 10:50:54 AM PDT
A new report indicates a decline in violent crime in New Jersey but a 5 percent increase in total crime due to a rising number of nonviolent offenses. The New Jersey Uniform Crime Report, released Monday by the state Attorney General's Office, shows violent crime down 3 percent for the first six months of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

The half-year UCR finds an increase in the number of murders and rapes, but a drop in reported robberies and aggravated assaults. Burglaries and thefts increased by 7 percent.

Overall, crime increased in 14 of the state's 21 counties.

Gloucester County reported the highest percentage increase - 19 percent. The highest numbers of crimes were reported in Essex and Camden counties.


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