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Six Month Statistics Report 10 Percent Drop in Overall Crime... Violent and Non-Violent Crime Categories Decline...
Totowa - Governor Christie Whitman today announced that preliminary crime statistics for the first six months of 1999 continue to show a significant drop in all violent and non-violent crime categories and in all areas of the state.
to the New Jersey State Police preliminary six-month Uniform Crime Report,
overall crime dropped 10 percent, violent crime declined 9 percent and
non-violent crime decreased 10 percent when compared to crime rates for
the same period last year reductions that mirror the national crime averages
released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December.
Uniform Crime Report statistics for the first six months of 1999 show
that our crime-fighting efforts continue to pay off in making New Jersey
a safer place in which to live, work and raise a family, Gov. Whitman
laws we have passed during my tenure have certainly helped. More criminals
are staying in prison, and for longer terms. And a strong economy forged
by creating more jobs is one of the best ways to reduce crime. We've done
plenty of that. But just as certain, the lion's share of the credit must
go to the men and women of our law enforcement community, she said.
each of these decreases stand law enforcement officers who risk their
lives. It's their hard work and dedication that is most directly responsible
for keeping criminals off the streets and making our communities safer.
New Jersey can take pride in the fact that the crime rate continues to
drop, we cannot, however, take comfort. As long as innocent lives are
being lost each year to violence, as long as people feel threatened by
crime, we must redouble our efforts to protect our citizens, the Governor
Joining Governor Whitman to announce the preliminary 1999 Uniform Crime Report statistics were Attorney General John J. Farmer, Jr., Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Chief Thomas B. Michaud, First Vice-President/President Elect, New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association, and representatives of New Jersey's law enforcement community.
these half-year statistics, we are optimistic that, for the seventh consecutive
year, crime in New Jersey will continue its welcome downward trend, said
Attorney General Farmer.
statistics are impressive in and of themselves. But they are more impressive
when you think about what they represent for New Jerseyans. They represent
safer streets and safer neighborhoods; and they represent a greater feeling
of security for citizens, he said. Finally, as the Governor pointed out,
these figures embody the tireless efforts of New Jersey's law enforcement
community. We cannot underestimate or over-praise the unflagging devotion
of local, county and state law enforcement agencies to fighting crime
in this state.
enforcement throughout our state can take pride in the half-year statistics
being released today. These numbers are more than just dry statistics.
They represent a better quality of life for the people in the communities
we serve, and we intend to do our best to see that this downward trend
continues into the future, Chief Michaud said.
to Colonel Dunbar, the six-month statistics should be viewed with some
caution since they are only a "window" on the projected crime rate for
the entire year.
downward trend, which parallels national and regional decreases, reflects
our commitment to balancing tough sanctions against people who break the
law with innovative law enforcement initiatives, Dunbar said.
preliminary crime report, prepared by the New Jersey State Police Uniform
Crime Reporting Unit, details the statewide crime index for various categories
of crime, including violent and non-violent offenses, urban, suburban
and rural crime, arson, domestic violence and bias crime.
to the State Police Uniform Crime Report, overall crime for the six-month
period of Jan.-June, 1999 decreased 10 percent - from 143,470 index offenses
reported during the first six-months of 1998 to 129,009 reported index
offenses for the first six months of 1999.
violent crime categories of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault
decreased 9 percent to the lowest level since 1978 with a reported 15,894
offenses during the Jan.-June, 1999 report period (down from the 17,543
violent crimes reported during Jan.-June, 1998).
the non-violent crime group of burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle
theft decreased 10 percent from 125,927 offenses recorded during Jan.-June,
1998 vs. 113,115 offenses recorded during the same period in 1999. The
individual categories reported the following:
were 39,069 domestic violence offenses reported to police during the first
six months of 1999 a one percent increase when compared to the 38,836
offenses recorded for the same period in 1998. Additionally, bias crime
realized an eight percent drop from 384 reported incidents Jan.-June,
1998 to 353 incidents for the first six months of 1999.
preliminary crime statistics also show a continuing decline in juvenile
arrests. Violent juvenile crimes reported for the first six months of
1999 dropped by 194 arrests (1,863 arrests Jan.-June, 1999 vs. 2,057 arrests
Jan.-June 1998) or 9 percent. Total juvenile arrests for all index crimes
declined 12 percent from the previous six-month report (7,614 arrests
Jan.-June, 1999 vs. 8,658 arrests Jan.-June 1998). Finally, arrests of
juvenile offenders for all crimes dropped by 2,584 arrests or 6 percent
(36,136 arrests for Jan.-June 1999 vs. 38,720 arrests for Jan.-June 1998).
of New Jersey's 21 counties reported declining crime rates, with Hunterdon
and Union counties reporting a 20 percent drop-off. (Only Passaic County
realized a slight increase of less than one-half of one percent.) Similarly,
crime decreases were recorded in the categories of urban (-9 percent),
suburban (-12 percent) and rural (-9 percent) crime.
six-month report is compiled from crime statistics and information supplied
by New Jersey's 481 full-time municipal police departments, three part-time
municipal police departments and the State Police (reporting for 73 municipalities
without local police services).
arrest information and data are received from the Division of Criminal
Justice, New Jersey's 21 county prosecutors' offices, sheriffs' departments,
county police departments and county park police agencies. Collectively,
a total of 556 law enforcement agencies submit reports to the State Police
Uniform Crime Reporting Unit.
county data is released as part of the six-month report; detailed municipal
data is not released until the State Police issue the full year Uniform
six-month Uniform Crime Report is available via the New Jersey State Police
Web Page (News & Events) at www.njsp.org.