Across-the-board drop in NJ crime

April 1, 2008 6:48:28 PM PDT
A new report shows violent crime in New Jersey has fallen. According to the Uniform Crime Report, violent crime fell in the first half of last year compared with the prior year. However, murders stayed the same and the number of bank and convenience store robberies rose.

Overall, the violent crime category -- including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- declined by 8 percent. However, murders were virtually unchanged at 184 homicides from January through June 2007, and bank robberies rose by 29, from 81 to 110.

Nonviolent crime dropped by 6 percent. The biggest decrease was the 18 percent decline in motor vehicle thefts.

The six-month report reverses the increasing crime trend reported from 2005 to 2006.