NJ Spotlight has created an interactive map using the recently released 2011 Uniform Crime Report that plots the total crime rate per 1,000 people for seven index crimes (violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, and non-violent crimes are burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft).
As required by statute, all law enforcement agencies in the state submit monthly and annual summary crime reports to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, under the NJ State Police.
Information about 2012 will be released in December 2013.
Middletown Township's total crime index dropped from to 881 in 2011, from 930 in 2010. Violent crimes decreased to 36 in 2011, from 46 the year before. Non-violent crimes also went down, from 845 in 2011, from 884 in 2010.
Burglaries increased to 189 in 2011, up from 154 in 2010, but during the same period larcenies (thefts) dropped to 634, from 707.
In 2011, there was one murder, one rape, 11 robberies, 23 cases of aggravated assault and two cases of arson.
The crime rate per 1,000 citizens is 13.2 percent, based on an estimated 2010 population of 66,522.
See pages 142-143 of the 2011 Uniform Crime Report about Middletown Township.
The Police Department’s Quality of Life Unit was responsible for the arrest of over 200 subjects through the end of 2011 for offenses such as narcotics, burglaries, receiving stolen property, warrants and other criminal activity, Police Chief Robert Oches said.
The Police Department also works closely with the township’s two Neighborhood Watch groups – one in Ideal Beach and another in the Fairview section of town. “We are beginning to see the positive impact that such groups, working in conjunction with the Police Department, can have on our community,” Mayor Tony Fiore said. “I encourage other neighborhoods to follow in their footsteps in the coming year.”
Crime in New Jersey rose by 3 percent in 2011, with the increase attributed to a 3 percent jump in non-violent crimes.
There were 27, 173 violent crimes reported in 2011, a decrease of less than one half of one percent compared to the violent crimes of 2010. Nationwide, violent crime decreased by 4 percent.
The number of burglaries across the state jumped by 11 percent, to a high not seen since 2003. Read more about the state Uniform Crime Report.