Motor vehicle theft -- particularly automobiles -- is down significantly in New Jersey this year. So far, it has dropped 19.5 percent. Theft of autos has decreased from 8,085 this time last year to 6,480. Thefts of trucks and buses have also fallen 14.6 percent, and thefts of other types of vehicles have declined about 18 percent.
The reduction seems to be a trend across the entire state.