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South Orange Sees Drop in Reported Crimes, Report States

The 2011 Uniform Crime Report showed a decrease of approximately 52 criminal incidents in South Orange

Reported South Orange crime dropped from 472 in 2010 to 420 in 2011. The New Jersey State Police released its 2011 Uniform Crime Report on Friday with statewide criminal reports rising 3-percent from 2010 to 2011.

According to the report, South Orange saw a reduction of 52 incidents last year from the previous year.

With 16,198 residents and approximately 56 officers in its police force, South Orange had 59 violent crimes which were split between 11 aggravated assaults, and 48 robberies. The majority of its reported incidents were of a non-violent nature (361) as the village had 237 reported thefts last year. Also reported were 68 burglaries, and 56 stolen vehicles.

Overall, there were 217,073 reported crimes in New Jersey in 2011.

Murder rose 2-percent from 2010 to 2011, from 372 reported incidents to 380. Rape reports rose from 985 to 991, and robberies had the biggest jump from 11,859 to 12,216, the report showed.

Aggravated assault dropped 3-percent from 13,958 reports to 13,586.

“The latest crime data shows a slight increase in the overall crime rate in New Jersey,” New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in a statement. “Although the factors that influence crime trends are complex and interwoven, we remain committed to working harder and smarter to combat crime and protect New Jersey citizens during what remains a tough economic time for much of our state and our nation.”

According to the report, there was a crime committed once every 2 minutes and 25 seconds in 2011, and males accounted for 69-percent of the arrests made.

A full copy of the 2011 Crime Index Report can be found here.

Maplewood's data is here.

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