Murders Increased In 2010 As Overall Violent Crime Declined, According To FBI Report

STATE – New Jersey saw a slight decrease in violent crime from 2009 to 2010, but the number of murders increased during that same time period, according to crime data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

In 2009, there were 319 murders; that number rose to 371 last year, a 16.3 percent increase. Violent crime fell from 27,113 incidents in 2009 to 27,055 in 2010, a 0.2 percent decrease.

According to the FBI report, there were 1,392 violent crimes in Elizabeth last year, including 13 murders and 42 forcible rapes. Perth Amboy had 200 violent crime incidents, including 1 murder. Woodbridge had 167 violent crimes, including 1 murder and 9 forcible rapes. Edison had 141 violent crimes, including 2 murders and 5 rapes. Linden had 117 violent crime incidents, including 2 murders. Rahway had 97 violent crimes, including 1 forcible rape. Roselle had 91 violent crimes, including 1 forcible rape. Carteret had 52 violent crimes, including 1 murder and 3 forcible rapes. South Amboy had 17 violent crimes, including 2 forcible rapes. Clark had 2 violent crime incidents.

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The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program counts four offenses as violent crimes: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Nationwide, violent crime fell 6 percent from 2009 to 2010.

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