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Statistics Show a Decline in New Jersey Crime During 2017

Data from the New Jersey State Police show an encouraging drop in crime this year. The statewide rate for violent crimes is more than 12 percent lower than last year’s, and rates for several of the most serious specific charges reflect an even steeper decline.

For the first nine months of 2017, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety reports that overall criminal activity is down six percent versus the same period in 2016. Reports for individual offenses include:

  • Homicide — A 22 percent drop from 274 to 213. More than half of the homicides have been reported as cleared, which usually means that the suspect has been arrested.
  • Rape — A six percent drop from 1,030 to 972. In both years, there were also 51 reports of attempted rape.
  • Robbery — The total number of robberies is down 18 percent, from 6,570 to 5,368. This statistic includes “strong-arm” cases, as well as incidents involving firearms, knives and other weapons.
  • Assault —During the 2017 reporting period, there have been approximately 7,800 assaults, which is eight percent lower than last year’s figure, which was around 8,500.

Regardless of the current trend, it only takes one incident for someone’s life to change permanently, whether they are a victim or a person who has been wrongfully accused. If you’re facing charges, only a qualified criminal defense attorney understands how to take on powerful authorities to ensure that your fundamental rights are honored.

The Law Office of David Jay Glassman provides comprehensive criminal defense representation to clients throughout New Jersey. Please call 866-221-1270 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our four locations. We have offices in Marlton, New Brunswick, Newark and Hackensack.