Violent Crime Continued To Rise In Elizabeth

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ELIZABETH – According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, 1,288 incidents of violent crime were reported in Elizabeth last year. That was a 14.6 percent increase from the 1,124 incidents reported in 2008, and a 56.5 percent increase from the 823 incidents in 2005.  (Download an Excel worksheet with Elizabeth’s UCR data from 2005-2009)

Murders decreased from 13 in 2008 to five in 2009, though there have already been at least nine killings in the city so far this year.

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Forcible rapes nearly doubled, from 28 in 2008 to 44 reported in 2009. Robberies increased slightly, from 749 in 2008 to 761 in 2009. Aggravated assaults increased 43 percent, from 334 reported in 2008 to 478 in 2009.

Property crimes were down 11 percent, from 5,744 in 2008 to 5,113 reported in 2009. A 27 percent drop in motor vehicle thefts – from 1,294 in 2008 to 947 in 2009 – and a 9.5 percent decrease in thefts – from 3,492 in 2008 to 3,164 in 2009 – were responsible for the improvement.

Burglaries were up slightly, from 958 in 2008 to 1,002 in 2009. The number of reported arson cases also increased, from 13 in 2008 to 17 in 2009.

Overall violent crime in New Jersey fell 4.3 percent, from 28,351 reported incidents in 2008 to 27,121 in 2009.


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