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Crime Rates Change Little in Westwood, Hillsdale, Washington Twp.

Data from the annual Uniform Crime Report showed that crime rates in all three towns remained below state and county crime rates last year.

Crime rates in Westwood, Hillsdale and Washington Township remained roughly flat from 2010 to 2011.

The data was made available by New Jersey State Police Friday in the annual Uniform Crime Report.

The crime rates per 1,000 residents in all three towns were below the combined state and county totals, according to the report.

Washington Township saw an increase in its crime rate because there were 20 more non-violent crimes in 2011 than the year before. There were 19 burglaries, 26 larcenies and one stolen car last year.

The township also had a drop in violent crime from five incidents, including two rapes and three aggravated assaults in 2010, to four aggravated assaults last year. 

Westwood's violent crime rate was marginally higher than Bergen County as a whole. The borough saw a rise from six violent crimes in 2010 to 13 last year, all of which were aggravated assaults. 

The overall crime rate in Westwood decreased slightly because of a drop in non-violent crime from 73 incidents to 63 incidents, including 52 larcenies, 10 burglaries and one stolen car. 

In Hillsdale, the crime rate remained steady from 2010 to 2011. Incidents of non-violent crime dropped from 50 to 48. Larceny made up the majority of the non-violent crimes, with 42 cases. There were also five burglaries and one car theft, according to the report.

Violent crime in Hillsdale increased from one incident in 2010 to three incidents of aggravated assault last year.

Below is a table comparing the 2011 crime rates in Hillsdale, Washington Township and Westwood with Bergen County and New Jersey as a whole. The rate is measured per 1,000 residents of each community:

New Jersey Bergen County Hillsdale Washington Twp. Westwood Crime rate per 1,000 24.7 13.6 5.0 5.5 7.0 Violent crime rate per 1,000 3.1 1.0 0.3 0.4 1.2 Non-violent crime rate per 1,000 21.6 12.7 4.7 5.1 5.8

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