FBI Statistics: More Violent Crimes Being Committed in Camden County This Year
Homicides in New Jersey are on the rise, according to recent statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This is especially true in Camden County NJ, where the murder rate continues to get worse.
The recent FBI data comes from 2015 and shows that there were a total of 363 reported murders in New Jersey during the course of that year. This was up from the total of 349 murders reported in NJ in 2014.
Last year, the murder rate in New Jersey was 4.1 murders per 100,000 NJ residents. This puts New Jersey in line with the rest of the country, which saw the national murder rate go up in 2015 at the fastest pace in more than 25 years.
However, the recent crime stats are not entirely bleak. For instance, the NJ murder rate is still lower than it was in 2013, when the homicide rate peaked at 4.5 murders for every 100,000 residents.
Additionally, while murders are on the rise across the Garden State, the overall crime rate is actually going down. This applies to both violent crimes like aggravated assault and non-violent property crimes like burglary and theft. (However, the total number of aggravated assault offenses, when tabulated independent of other violent crimes, still increased.) In 2015, violent crime declined by approximately two percent from the preceding year, while non-violent crimes went down by nearly six percent.
Much of this data can be found on the NJ.com website, which has set up a searchable database of New Jersey municipalities and their violent crime rates. One limitation on the database is the fact that some local police departments declined to provide data to the FBI for the violent crime report. One of these law enforcement agencies choosing not to share crime data is the Camden Police Department.
If you have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, or any other violent crime in New Jersey, you should speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer immediately. Jill R. Cohen, Esq., is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight to help you avoid the most severe penalties. Contact The Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen now to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.