N.J. – Attorney General Zulima V.
Farber today released the 2005 Uniform Crime
Report which shows that the overall crime
rate in New Jersey dropped three percent
compared to 2004, with violent crime virtually
the same as the previous year and non-violent
offenses down by four percent.
the overall violent crime rate remained
virtually the same, the number of murders
increased 7 percent in 2005, compared to
2004, while rapes declined by 9 percent.
Robbery rose by 1 percent and aggravated
assault declined by less than one half of
of three categories of non-violent crime
declined compared to a year earlier. Burglary
decreased 5 percent, larceny by 2 percent,
and motor vehicle theft decreased by 9 percent.
The annual Uniform Crime Report is prepared
by the State Police Uniform Crime Reporting
Unit based on information provided by municipal,
county and state law enforcement agencies.
The latest report records offenses from
January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.
total crime rate of the state is 26.9 victims
for every 1,000 residents, a decrease of
4 percent compared to 2004, when the total
crime index was 28.1 victims for every 1,000
residents. The violent crime rate was unchanged
at 3.6 victims per 1,000 residents.
are also separate statistical reports on
bias crimes and domestic violence. The number
of bias incidents reported by the police
in 2005 dropped 9 percent compared to 2004.
Domestic violence offenses reported declined
by 1 percent.
General Farber said while the reduction
in certain categories of crime was encouraging,
the report’s data includes statistics
that were especially troubling. “The
increasing number of murders and the increased
use of firearms make it imperative that
we are vigilant in our fight against illegal
gun trafficking and gang violence,’’
overall statewide Crime Index total decreased
8,176 offenses, from 242,444 offenses reported
in 2004 to 234,268 offenses reported last
year. But there were 418 murders reported
last year, compared to 392 the year earlier,
an increase of 7 percent. Firearms were
used in 66 percent, or 276 of the murders
committed. In 2004, firearms were used in
58 percent of the reported murders.
or gang-related murders accounted for 12
percent of the total in 2005.
percent of all murder victims were in the
age group of 25 to 29 years old; 95 percent
of the victims in this age group were male
and 65 percent were African-American.
were 6,546 arrests reported for weapons
offenses, an increase of 5 percent compared
to 2004. There were also 56,972 drug arrests,
an increase of 2 percent.
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