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Vast Majority Of Crimes Reported In New Jersey’s Largest Municipalities Go Unsolved


Date: December 16, 2015

Statistics obtained from the State Police reveal that a large number of crimes that were reported in New Jersey’s largest municipalities are not solved by the police.

The statistics filed on a monthly basis by local police departments and assembled every year in the Uniform Crime Report, showed that 80% of the crimes that were reported in New Jersey’s 8 most recognized municipalities went unsolved.

Given below is the list of the municipalities with the number of reported crimes and the percentage of unsolved crimes.

  • In Atlantic City, the number of reported crimes was 4288 from which only 731 were solved which shows that 83% of the crimes went unsolved. Only 17% crimes were solved.
  • In Camden, 6744 crimes were reported from which 1878 were solved so the percentage of unsolved crimes is 72%. The percentage of solved crimes is 28%.
  • In Edison, 1443 crimes were reported from which 478 were solved and the percentage of unsolved crimes is 67%. The percentage of solved crimes is 33%.
  • In Elizabeth, the number of reported crimes was 6125 of which 1013 were solved and 83% went unsolved. Just 17% of reported crimes were solved.
  • 7275 crimes were reported in Jersey City from which 1658 were solved and the percentage of remaining crimes is 77%. The rate of solved crime is 23%.
  • 13778 crimes were reported in Newark and the number of solved crimes is 2217, the percentage of crimes that went unsolved is 84%. The rate of solved crimes is 16%, which is the lowest.
  • In Paterson, 8032 crimes were reported from which 1264 were solved and 84% are unsolved. 16% reported crimes are solved.
  • In Trenton, 3906 crimes were reported and 740 were solved, the percentage of unsolved crimes is 81%. The rate of solved crimes is 19%.
  • In Woodbridge, 2332 crimes were reported and 602 were solved. 74% of the crimes went unsolved. whereas 26% crimes were solved.

The total number of crimes that were reported in the above mentioned municipalities was 53,923 and the number of solved crimes is 10,581 which reveal that 80% of the reported crimes went unsolved.

Officials failed to give the reason of why the rate of solved crimes is low and not many commented on this case.

Only 1 out of 5 reported crimes were solved last year in Atlantic City, Camden, Edison, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Trenton, and Woodbridge.

The difference between the rate of solved crimes in urban centers and suburban communities in New Jersey’s most populous areas is not much.

2 out of 3 offenders escaped justice in the Middlesex County town and 5 out of 6 crimes went unsolved in Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth, and Atlantic City. The overall crime rate is reducing since the 1990s; public safety is a big problem with which a large number of individuals are concerned after noteworthy incidents happened like mass shootings or key arrests.

All of the communities showed improved results of coping with violent crimes.

News Source: www.NJToday.net

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.