May 18, 2016 | Number of The Day
Nonviolent crime in NJ down 7 percent

Nonviolent crime dropped 7 percent in 2014, according to the most recently available crime statistics, with the most significant drop coming from the theft of motor vehicles. Motor vehicle theft was down 15 percent, with 11,702 autos stolen.

Burglary was down 11 percent, to 31,740 cases. Residences were the targets in 76 percent of the cases, and 56 percent involved forced entries. Most residential burglaries occurred during the day (10,497), while nonresidential burglaries occurred at night (3,345).

The average loss due to a burglary was $2,347, with a total of $75.4 million in stolen property due to burglaries statewide.

Although burglaries were up, arrests were down 9 percent, with 5,214 people arrested. Of those, 85 percent were men and 15 percent women. Sixty-five percent of those arrested were white.

Larceny was also down 5 percent, to 111,620 incidents. The largest incidents of theft were due to shoplifting, with 24,284 incidents and a value of $7.2 million.

Thefts from motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts accounted for 24 percent of thefts. Total value of motor vehicle theft was $104 million, with the average being $8,992. Most cars — 65 percent of the value — were recovered.

Twenty-two percent of the larcenies were cleared, with juveniles accounting for 8 percent. Sixty-three percent of larceny arrests were white.