Murders On The Rise In New Jersey Despite Decrease In Overall Crime Rate
TRENTON – A report released by the State Police showed a decrease of 5 percent in the crime rate in New Jersey in 2015. The credit goes to law enforcement as cops made efforts in coping with the number of crimes.
The report showed a decrease of 5 percent in the overall crime rate as compared to the rate in the previous year, but the rate of murder offense increased 4 percent.
The Uniform crime report released every year is prepared gathering data given by every law enforcement agency working in the state. This time, the report was released late and the gap was almost 1 and a half year.
It is said that the delay in releasing the report happened due to the state’s analysts that took time to verify the data.
In 2016, the crime rate decreased as was the case in 2015, but showed a similar trend of increased murder rate.
On Friday, the state’s attorney general, Christopher Porrino, said that the increase in the homicide rate is due to “senseless shootings and murders” in New Jersey’s urban centers. He added the numbers showed “considerable room for improvement”. He further said, “Reducing the number of shootings and murders in our urban areas continues to be a priority for the Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey State Police. The State Police will continue to support our cities in reducing senseless shootings and murders.”
The rate of murder in different cities is different as the main cities have seen an increase while the rate is lower in other cities. The murder rate is high in Newark and Jersey City, whereas the murder offense rate decreased in Camden and Trenton.
Other type of crimes, including robbery, decreased 7 percent and assault crimes also decreased 3 percent.
The report also showed that the rate of sex crime increased by 43 percent, but that is due to the alteration in FBI standards that was done in 2015 for categorizing such crimes, said the authorities. The report contains a variety of crimes related to sex, which were not added before 2015 in the crime report released every year.
The state lawmakers were addressed by Porrino last week that his office had two top priorities for the coming year. It included decreasing the number of violent crimes and coping with the opioid epidemic, which is the reason of many other crimes according to him.