According to a recent NJ.com article, Middlesex County crime decreased by 7.7% in 2012. This drop represents a 3% greater crime deficit than the state of New Jersey, which saw statewide decrease of 4%. The Uniform Crime Report was conducted by the Office of the Attorney General and provided statistical criminal information into several categories which include murder, rape, robbery, assault, larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft, bias crimes, carjacking and domestic violence incidents.
The categories with the largest decreases throughout Middlesex County include larceny, car theft, and assault crimes. Typically, the municipalities of Woodbridge, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Edison, and Piscataway, due to their sizable populations, account for a large portion of Middlesex County criminal charges. Unfortunately, despite the statewide decrease in certain crimes, New Jersey saw increases in rape and murder, with the former increasing from 375 murders in 2011 to 387 in 2012, and the latter increasing from 917 to 969. Middlesex County saw a similar upward trend in rape crimes with an increase of 31%.
In a prepared statement, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said, “While the latest crime data shows a decrease in the overall crime rate in New Jersey, there is still considerable room for improvement. Further, “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.”