Latest FBI Crime Report: See Trends In New Jersey

Tom Davis
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NEW JERSEY — Violent crimes decreased slightly in New Jersey in 2019 and the state remains well below the national average, according to data released by the FBI in its 2019 uniform crime report (see the town-by-town numbers, ranked top-to-bottom, below).

The FBI estimated crime statistics across the Garden State based on reports from all the 577 law enforcement agencies statewide.

The data shows a slight drop from 2018's record low for violent crimes in New Jersey. The rate was 208.6 per 100,000 people in 2018, and inched down to 206.9 in 2019. The national rate was 379.4.

Among the violent crimes, homicides dropped slightly in the state to 2.9 per 100,000. The national rate plummeted from 6.1 to 5.2

Meanwhile, New Jersey aggravated assaults rose from 117.7 to 122.2 per 100,000 while the national rate remained steady. It was the first time aggravated assaults rose in the state since 2014.

Rapes ticked up at both the national and state level, from 16 to 17.2 in New Jersey and 44 to 42.6 nationally.

Nationwide, the FBI reported a decrease in both violent and property crime from year to year. Violent crime went from a rate of 383.4 per 100,000 people in 2018 to 379.4 a year later, a decrease of about 0.5 percent. It's the third straight year violent crime decreased nationally, the FBI said.

Property crime numbers with the same control went from 2,209.8 to 2,109.9. There's been a downward trend nationwide in this category since 2009, with a decrease of 4.1 percent from 2018 to 2019. New Jersey has followed this trend down every year since 2011, dropping to 1335.7 in 2019.

The nationwide downward crime trends continued into 2020, according to an overview of numbers from the first half of the year the FBI released a few weeks ago. But two subcategories in particular, murder and arson, have seen a significant increase in the six months that include the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases reported to the FBI by the 16,554 agencies that submitted last year's data increased by 14.8 percent from the first half of 2019 to the same period in 2020. Arson increased by an even greater rate — 19.2 percent, the FBI said.

The FBI has issued a caution about the crime data coming in at the local levels.

Lists comparing cities and counties "do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given state, county, city, town, tribal area or region," the FBI said in a statement

"These rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents," the statement continued. "Only through careful study and analyses into the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction can data users create valid assessments of crime."

Here are the town-by-town violent crime numbers in New Jersey per 10,000 people:

  1. Salem 155.2531

  2. Asbury Park 115.9552

  3. Trenton 112.2734

  4. Penns Grove 107.4589

  5. Bridgeton 91.6526

  6. Atlantic City 85.9203

  7. Brooklawn 84.2549

  8. Paterson 84.1467

  9. Elizabeth 71.9207

  10. Lindenwold 71.5241

  11. Orange City 62.1768

  12. Newark 61.8999

  13. Wildwood 58.4795

  14. Wildwood Crest 55.7194

  15. Passaic 52.9876

  16. South Hackensack Township 52.7383

  17. Jersey City 52.2686

  18. Irvington 51.8192

  19. Burlington City 51.6351

  20. Egg Harbor City 51.4076

  21. Millville 47.2246

  22. New Brunswick 46.7899

  23. Beverly 44.4265

  24. East Orange 42.8349

  25. Woodlynne 41.3650

  26. Seaside Heights 41.3508

  27. Avalon 40.4531

  28. Plainfield 37.9627

  29. Haledon 37.4532

  30. Linden 37.3310

  31. West Wildwood 36.1664

  32. Long Branch 35.9120

  33. Vineland 35.2489

  34. Netcong 34.9096

  35. Westampton Township 34.6180

  36. Neptune Township 34.4840

  37. Long Beach Township 32.6797

  38. Willingboro Township 31.9549

  39. Pleasantville 31.8815

  40. Pennsauken Township 31.2623

  41. Belvidere 31.2012

  42. Magnolia 30.6098

  43. Roselle 30.5894

  44. Maple Shade Township 29.2667

  45. Hillside Township 29.0592

  46. Pine Hill 28.7936

  47. Woodbury 28.6650

  48. Perth Amboy 28.3696

  49. Mount Holly Township 28.2191

  50. Union City 28.1921

  51. Eatontown 27.8346

  52. Pemberton Township 26.7003

  53. Clementon 26.4281

  54. Harrison 25.5796

  55. Stone Harbor 24.8756

  56. Englewood 24.7533

  57. Chesilhurst 24.7525

  58. West New York 24.0851

  59. Paulsboro 24.0220

  60. Guttenberg 23.9171

  61. Neptune City 23.7838

  62. Hi-Nella 23.3918

  63. Hackensack 23.1435

  64. Haddon Township 22.7759

  65. Pemberton Borough 22.7101

  66. Dover 22.4065

  67. Bayonne 22.2967

  68. Carney's Point Township 22.1816

  69. South River 21.9505

  70. North Plainfield 21.8869

  71. Somerdale 21.8500

  72. Westville 21.8023

  73. Flemington 21.7865

  74. Keansburg 21.7077

  75. Morristown 21.4066

  76. Belleville 21.3517

  77. Franklin 21.2811

  78. Phillipsburg 21.0852

  79. Oceanport 20.9096

  80. Lawnside 20.8768

  81. Elsinboro Township 20.6825

  82. Union Beach 20.3855

  83. Seaside Park 19.5059

  84. Dunellen 19.3263

  85. Secaucus 19.3241

  86. West Orange 19.2888

  87. Lower Township 19.2263

  88. Hamilton Township, Atlantic County 19.0907

  89. Fairview 18.9009

  90. Freehold Borough 18.7505

  91. Middle Township 18.6557

  92. South Toms River 18.5185

  93. Lakehurst 18.5117

  94. Edgewater Park Township 18.5099

  95. Lumberton Township 18.0891

  96. Riverside Township 17.9349

  97. Gloucester City 17.9083

  98. Hammonton 17.8533

  99. Newton 17.6857

  100. Winslow Township 17.4525

  101. Galloway Township 17.3121

  102. Keyport 17.0648

  103. Jamesburg 16.8606

  104. Surf City 16.7645

  105. Paramus 16.6289

  106. Ewing Township 16.5116

  107. Garfield 15.9935

  108. North Wildwood 15.9447

  109. Hazlet Township 15.7049

  110. Bound Brook 15.5991

  111. Wharton 15.5836

  112. Englishtown 15.4879

  113. Glassboro 15.4367

  114. Washington Township, Gloucester County 15.2782

  115. Ventnor City 15.0512

  116. Montclair 15.0162

  117. Clinton 14.9309

  118. Clayton 14.9271

  119. Sea Bright 14.7929

  120. Hoboken 14.7275

  121. North Bergen Township 14.6468

  122. North Brunswick Township 14.6262

  123. Pennsville Township 14.5808

  124. Shrewsbury 14.5560

  125. Weehawken Township 14.5551

  126. Stratford 14.4383

  127. Bradley Beach 14.4300

  128. Belmar 14.3833

  129. Lodi 14.2927

  130. Lakewood Township 14.0413

  131. Hamilton Township, Mercer County 14.0186

  132. Totowa 13.9483

  133. Lawrence Township, Mercer County 13.8825

  134. Mount Laurel Township 13.8656

  135. Teaneck Township 13.8159

  136. Little Falls Township 13.7807

  137. Burlington Township 13.7680

  138. Carteret 13.5335

  139. Florence Township 13.4996

  140. Boonton 13.4854

  141. Berlin 13.3156

  142. Deptford Township 13.2196

  143. Kearny 13.0706

  144. Newfield 13.0124

  145. Carlstadt 12.9660

  146. Oaklyn 12.7033

  147. Byram Township 12.6984

  148. South Plainfield 12.4409

  149. Elmwood Park 12.4353

  150. Washington 12.3973

  151. Egg Harbor Township 12.2425

  152. Kenilworth 12.1684

  153. North Arlington 12.0942

  154. Manasquan 11.9884

  155. Longport 11.7096

  156. Cape May 11.6686

  157. Stafford Township 11.5904

  158. Collingswood 11.5523

  159. Bellmawr 11.5105

  160. Hightstown 11.3982

  161. Waterford Township 11.2528

  162. Palmyra 11.2139

  163. Clifton 11.1737

  164. Woodbridge Township 11.0861

  165. Point Pleasant Beach 11.0717

  166. Woodland Park 11.0611

  167. Brick Township 10.9800

  168. Mount Ephraim 10.9481

  169. Merchantville 10.8489

  170. Red Bank 10.8189

  171. Somers Point 10.7590

  172. Laurel Springs 10.7527

  173. Rahway 10.6411

  174. Berkeley Township 10.5420

  175. Voorhees Township 10.3096

  176. National Park 10.2249

  177. Holmdel Township 10.2114

  178. Highland Park 10.1515

  179. Margate City 10.1488

  180. Audubon Park 10.0301

  181. West Cape May 9.9701

  182. Gloucester Township 9.9213

  183. Nutley Township 9.8647

  184. Freehold Township 9.8380

  185. Cinnaminson Township 9.7105

  186. Absecon 9.4832

  187. Mansfield Township, Burlington County 9.3897

  188. Washington Township, Warren County 9.3882

  189. Buena 9.2678

  190. Franklin Township, Gloucester County 9.2228

  191. Bordentown Township 9.1529

  192. Somerville 9.0179

  193. Moorestown Township 8.8639

  194. Caldwell 8.8128

  195. Blairstown Township 8.7673

  196. Franklin Township, Somerset County 8.7649

  197. Clark Township 8.7380

  198. Maplewood Township 8.6967

  199. Wall Township 8.5777

  200. Prospect Park 8.5749

  201. Lacey Township 8.5479

  202. Logan Township 8.5412

  203. Runnemede 8.4725

  204. Edison Township 8.3764

  205. Little Egg Harbor Township 8.3690

  206. Cherry Hill Township 8.3432

  207. Little Ferry 8.3380

  208. Hanover Township 8.3062

  209. Piscataway Township 8.2771

  210. Medford Township 8.1221

  211. Point Pleasant 8.0283

  212. Aberdeen Township 8.0214

  213. Harding Township 7.8844

  214. Wallington 7.7801

  215. South Orange Village 7.7658

  216. Elmer 7.6923

  217. Toms River Township 7.6730

  218. Palisades Park 7.6639

  219. West Deptford Township 7.6548

  220. Medford Lakes 7.6492

  221. Metuchen 7.6267

  222. Sayreville 7.6266

  223. North Caldwell 7.5245

  224. Raritan 7.5009

  225. Cranbury Township 7.4757

  226. Union Township 7.3209

  227. Pompton Lakes 7.3039

  228. Rochelle Park Township 7.1454

  229. Monroe Township, Gloucester County 7.0491

  230. Atlantic Highlands 6.9638

  231. Readington Township 6.9598

  232. Cliffside Park 6.8926

  233. Fort Lee 6.5682

  234. Washington Township, Morris County 6.5588

  235. Rutherford 6.5136

  236. Evesham Township 6.4446

  237. Ocean Township, Monmouth County 6.3819

  238. Bloomfield 6.3609

  239. Saddle River 6.2775

  240. Monmouth Beach 6.2073

  241. Maywood 6.2067

  242. Bloomingdale 6.1812

  243. Springfield Township, Burlington County 6.1501

  244. Lower Alloways Creek Township 6.0132

  245. Old Bridge Township 5.9398

  246. Lake Como 5.9347

  247. Howell Township 5.9339

  248. Manville 5.8795

  249. East Windsor Township 5.8516

  250. Plumsted Township 5.8514

  251. Closter 5.8398

  252. Audubon 5.8133

  253. Scotch Plains Township 5.7417

  254. Lyndhurst Township 5.7165

  255. Mine Hill Township 5.7127

  256. Hopatcong 5.6774

  257. Sea Girt 5.6689

  258. Avon-by-the-Sea 5.6625

  259. East Brunswick Township 5.6418

  260. Wayne Township 5.6307

  261. Ocean City 5.4735

  262. Bergenfield 5.4681

  263. Ridgefield Park 5.3917

  264. Alpine 5.3879

  265. Ridgefield 5.3381

  266. Berlin Township 5.3088

  267. Bordentown City 5.2826

  268. Glen Ridge 5.2812

  269. Ridgewood 5.1604

  270. Barnegat Township 5.1284

  271. Eastampton Township 5.0522

  272. Rockaway Township 5.0474

  273. West Milford Township 4.9454

  274. Ocean Gate 4.9383

  275. Northfield 4.9002

  276. Delran Township 4.8564

  277. Mount Olive Township 4.8234

  278. Cedar Grove Township 4.7969

  279. Lopatcong Township 4.7904

  280. Jefferson Township 4.7900

  281. Riverdale 4.7004

  282. Boonton Township 4.6740

  283. Pequannock Township 4.6527

  284. Pine Beach 4.6019

  285. Pitman 4.5929

  286. Tinton Falls 4.5699

  287. Manalapan Township 4.5383

  288. Wenonah 4.5372

  289. Barrington 4.5317

  290. Gibbsboro 4.5208

  291. Franklin Lakes 4.5009

  292. Delanco Township 4.4813

  293. Haddonfield 4.4401

  294. Beachwood 4.4346

  295. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township 4.4310

  296. Alpha 4.4209

  297. Middlesex Borough 4.3927

  298. Ocean Township, Ocean County 4.3792

  299. Jackson Township 4.3569

  300. Mountainside 4.3554

  301. Brielle 4.2708

  302. Highlands 4.2203

  303. Monroe Township, Middlesex County 4.1904

  304. Greenwich Township, Gloucester County 4.1867

  305. Oxford Township 4.1271

  306. Ringwood 4.1102

  307. Mansfield Township, Warren County 4.0833

  308. Demarest 4.0717

  309. East Rutherford 4.0688

  310. Colts Neck Township 4.0626

  311. Chesterfield Township 4.0139

  312. North Hanover Township 4.0128

  313. Haddon Heights 3.9920

  314. Holland Township 3.9362

  315. West Windsor Township 3.9249

  316. Hopewell Township 3.9207

  317. Plainsboro Township 3.9171

  318. Oakland 3.8485

  319. East Newark 3.7580

  320. South Brunswick Township 3.6926

  321. Independence Township 3.6900

  322. West Amwell Township 3.6670

  323. Morris Township 3.6232

  324. Denville Township 3.6166

  325. Raritan Township 3.6004

  326. North Haledon 3.5804

  327. Long Hill Township 3.5294

  328. Tewksbury Township 3.4692

  329. Little Silver 3.4524

  330. Roseland 3.4329

  331. Woodcliff Lake 3.4171

  332. Dumont 3.3996

  333. Wanaque 3.3979

  334. Mullica Township 3.3916

  335. Woodbury Heights 3.3910

  336. Morris Plains 3.3698

  337. Middletown Township 3.3659

  338. Leonia 3.3011

  339. Lebanon Township 3.2998

  340. Hillsborough Township 3.2653

  341. South Harrison Township 3.2031

  342. Hackettstown 3.1810

  343. Princeton 3.1636

  344. Randolph Township 3.1385

  345. Edgewater 3.1199

  346. Stanhope 3.0479

  347. Mahwah Township 3.0399

  348. Millburn Township 2.9873

  349. Linwood 2.9864

  350. Tuckerton 2.9674

  351. Berkeley Heights Township 2.9429

  352. Wyckoff Township 2.9360

  353. Haworth 2.9240

  354. High Bridge 2.9180

  355. Woodstown 2.9070

  356. Milltown 2.8490

  357. Manchester Township 2.7670

  358. Midland Park 2.7601

  359. Branchburg Township 2.7490

  360. East Hanover Township 2.7298

  361. Lambertville 2.6441

  362. Bernardsville 2.6076

  363. Fanwood 2.5913

  364. Hasbrouck Heights 2.4898

  365. Bedminster Township 2.4866

  366. Oradell 2.4447

  367. Upper Saddle River 2.4257

  368. Spotswood 2.4166

  369. Bogota 2.3801

  370. Garwood 2.2931

  371. Cresskill 2.2828

  372. Marlboro Township 2.2585

  373. South Amboy 2.2416

  374. Spring Lake Heights 2.2036

  375. South Bound Brook 2.1882

  376. Sparta Township 2.1584

  377. Montgomery Township 2.1400

  378. Fair Lawn 2.1171

  379. Mantua Township 2.0299

  380. Ramsey 2.0029

  381. Livingston Township 2.0001

  382. Lincoln Park 1.9681

  383. Waldwick 1.9531

  384. Hillsdale 1.9264

  385. Montville Township 1.8861

  386. Englewood Cliffs 1.8629

  387. West Caldwell Township 1.8450

  388. Greenwich Township, Warren County 1.8359

  389. Mendham Township 1.7544

  390. River Edge 1.7391

  391. Fair Haven 1.7289

  392. Norwood 1.7194

  393. Springfield Township, Union County 1.6987

  394. Watchung 1.6518

  395. Cranford Township 1.6494

  396. Rockaway 1.5810

  397. Bridgewater Township 1.5692

  398. Clinton Township 1.5624

  399. Woolwich Township 1.5296

  400. Roselle Park 1.4674

  401. Green Brook Township 1.4142

  402. Vernon Township 1.3691

  403. Robbinsville Township 1.3666

  404. Summit 1.3649

  405. Westfield 1.3473

  406. Roxbury Township 1.3184

  407. Butler 1.3135

  408. Emerson 1.3089

  409. Hardyston Township 1.2887

  410. New Hanover Township 1.2311

  411. Montvale 1.1551

  412. Brigantine 1.1515

  413. Park Ridge 1.1414

  414. Washington Township, Bergen County 1.0847

  415. Wood-Ridge 1.0720

  416. Kinnelon 1.0016

  417. Florham Park 0.8679

  418. Harrison Township 0.7619

  419. Verona 0.7488

  420. Saddle Brook Township 0.7196

  421. Tenafly 0.6856

  422. New Milford 0.6058

  423. Madison 0.6049

Here are towns that reported no violent crime:

  • Allendale

  • Allenhurst

  • Allentown

  • Andover Township

  • Barnegat Light

  • Bay Head

  • Beach Haven

  • Bernards Township

  • Califon

  • Cape May Point

  • Chatham

  • Chatham Township

  • Chester

  • Chester Township

  • Deal

  • Delaware Township

  • East Greenwich Township

  • Elk Township

  • Essex Fells

  • Fairfield Township, Essex County

  • Far Hills

  • Fieldsboro

  • Franklin Township, Hunterdon County

  • Frenchtown

  • Glen Rock

  • Hamburg

  • Harrington Park

  • Harvey Cedars

  • Hawthorne

  • Helmetta

  • Ho-Ho-Kus

  • Hopewell Borough

  • Interlaken

  • Island Heights

  • Lavallette

  • Loch Arbour

  • Mantoloking

  • Matawan

  • Mendham

  • Moonachie

  • Mountain Lakes

  • Mount Arlington

  • New Providence

  • Northvale

  • Ogdensburg

  • Old Tappan

  • Peapack-Gladstone

  • Pennington

  • Pine Valley

  • Pohatcong Township

  • Riverton

  • River Vale Township

  • Rockleigh

  • Rumson

  • Sea Isle City

  • Ship Bottom

  • Spring Lake

  • Swedesboro

  • Tavistock

  • Teterboro

  • Warren Township

  • West Long Branch

  • Westwood

  • Winfield Township

This article originally appeared on the Mendham-Chester Patch