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Livingston Sees Slight Rise in Reported Crimes, Report States

The 2011 Uniform Crime Report showed an increase of approximately 85 criminal incidents in Livingston

Reported Livingston crime increased from 400 in 2010 to 485 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, Livingston saw an increase of 85 incidents last year from the previous year.

With 29,366 residents and approximately 80 officers in its police force, Livingston had 14 violent crimes which were split between 7 aggravated assaults, 6 robberies and one reported rape.  There were no murders reported in Livingston last year. 

The majority of Livingston's reported incidents were of a non-violent nature (471) as the village had 518 reported thefts last year. Also reported were 44 burglaries, and 37 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.

Ira Jacobson December 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
A 21% increase is more than a "slight" rise.

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