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What are Crime Rates in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s crime rates increased in 2011, according to FBI data. Violent crimes were up slightly, while property crimes grew faster.

The good news is, the rates of violent and property crime in New Jersey are both significantly lower than the national average.

In 2011, there were 308.4 incidents of violent crime for every 100,000 people in New Jersey. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The national rate of violent crime was 386.3 incidents per 100,000.

  • There were 380 murders, a slight increase from the 371 in 2010.
  • Aggravated assaults decreased 2 percent, and the rate per 100,000 (154.3) is far short of the national rate (241.1).
  • Incidents of rape increased 2.5 percent to 1,106.
  • Robberies were up 3.3 percent for a total of 12,209.

New Jersey’s property crime rate was 2,150.7 incidents per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 2,908.7. Property crimes include burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.

  • The number of burglaries increased 11.6 percent to 43,238.
  • Larceny/theft was relatively flat.
  • Motor vehicle theft increased 12 percent.
Crime in New Jersey Cities and Towns

Statewide data tells part, but not all, of the story. Crime rates vary greatly from one city or town to another. The chart below shows the incidents of major crimes in 2011 in the five most populous New Jersey cities.

Notice that Newark and Jersey City have similar populations but very different crime rates. Newark had five times as many murders as Jersey city and more than double the number of robberies.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Newark 278,064 94 58 1,977 2,396
Jersey City 248,423 18 49 961 1,402
Elizabeth 125,386 17 38 723 1,162
Paterson 146,685 17 39 751 1,790
Edison Township 100,300 2 9 65 343

By contrast, here’s a look at the same crimes in the five towns with the smallest populations. (Can you believe there’s a town with only five people? Or 12?)

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Tavistock 5 0 0 0 0
Pine Valley 12 0 0 0 1
Teterboro 67 0 0 0 0
Loch Arbour 195 0 0 0 9
Cape May Point 292 0 0 0 5

For data on other cities and town in New Jersey, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

About 20 million American homes are protected by home security systems, and for good reason. Among the many benefits:

  • Home security systems provide peace of mind that your family is safe and your home and valuables are protected.
  • Studies have shown that homes with alarm systems are far less likely to be burglarized.
  • Modern security systems offer far more than just burglar protection. They can be used to keep an eye on your children or turn lights on and off remotely. They alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.
  • Homeowners with security systems receive a discount on their homeowner’s insurance polices - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.
  • Even if your home is burglarized, the losses will be less with a home security system. Burglars will know they need to get out of the home fast to avoid police. According to the Electronic Security Association, the average loss for a home with an security system is $3,266, compared to $5,343 for homes without one.

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