Crime was up 2 percent overall in New Jersey, when comparing the latest statistics available — the first six months of 2011 vs. the first six months of 2010. Yet, violent crime was down 2 percent. Violent crime was defined as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
The state also released crime statistics that showed urban crime up 5 percent for that same period with rural crime also up 2 percent. Suburban crime was down 2 percent. In urban areas, there were 9,736 violent crimes in the first half of 2011, which represented a drop in all violent crime other than robbery. There were 2,312 violent crimes in the suburbs during that same period, representing a drop in robbery and aggravated assault but more rapes and murders. Violent crime was also down in rural Jersey, showing an increase in rapes but a reduction in all other categories for a drop to 633 incidents.