The vast majority of crimes reported in New Jersey’s largest municipalities go unsolved by police, according to statistics obtained from the State Police, as reflected in the chart below.
In 2014, 80 percent of the crimes reported in New Jersey’s eight most recognized municipalities went unsolved, according to statistics filed monthly by local police departments and compiled annually in the Uniform Crime Report.
Officials appeared to be at a loss to explain why such low crime clearance rates exist and few cared to comment on the trend.
During 2014, only one out of five of reported crimes were solved in Atlantic City, Camden, Edison, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Trenton, Woodbridge.
A comparison of New Jersey’s most populous places reveals little difference between urban centers and suburban communities, as far as crime clearance rates.
While law enforcement officials in Edison had the best performance, two out of three criminals escaped justice in the sprawling Middlesex County town. That compares favorably to the five of out of six crimes that went unsolved in Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth and Atlantic City.
While overall crime rates have been in decline since the 1990s, public safety has ebbed as an issue with which many people concern themselves except after noteworthy incidents such as mass shootings or key arrests.
All of the communities examined has better results combating violent crime, with the share of unsolved offenses at 72 percent, compared to 81 percent for all illegal acts. Still those are hardly numbers that breed confidence in government.
This story was drafted October 15, 2015
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!