Weekly town-by-town crime data made available online
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, February 15
Updated crime statistics for towns and counties in New Jersey will be made available more frequently than in the past, according to State Police. Police will be updating an online database of crime stats weekly, or as often as local departments report their new information. In the past, statewide statistics on crime were updated only once per year in the annual Uniform Crime Report. Data for 2011 was released in December. “For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area. Even as preliminary data, this will be a great new tool for the public,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said in a statement. The new data is available online here. It is currently …
Murder, rape and robberies up, aggravated assaults down from 2010.
Overall crime in New Jersey rose 3-percent from 2010 to 2011, but violent crimes remained the same, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. Those violent crimes, which are classified as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault made up for 27,173—or 13-percent—of the state’s overall crimes, according to Chiesa's release. Overall, there were 217,073 reported crimes in New Jersey in 2011. Murder rose 2-percent from 2010 to 2011, from 372 reported incidents to 380. Rape reports rose from 985 to 991, and robberies had the biggest jump from 11,859 to 12,216, the report showed. Aggravated assault dropped 3-percent from 13,958 reports to 13,586. July had the highest number of reported violent crimes, the report showed, with 2,…