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New Jersey Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for New Jersey. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how New Jersey compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for New Jersey, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 2,483,140 total crimes reported in New Jersey (312,185 of them violent). Of the 248,314 crimes that transpire each year in New Jersey, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in New Jersey every 2 minutes. This includes 3,649 murders, 12,664 rapes, and close to two million thefts (including 302,369 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in New Jersey for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in New Jersey has diminished by 22 per-cent. In the course of the same period, violent crime dropped by 18 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow drop off in crime over the last 10 years in New Jersey. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two hundred and thirteen thousand for New Jersey in 2009.

Crime Trends in New Jersey (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like New Jersey (1999-2008)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

New Jersey law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for New Jersey conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.