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Violent Crime in Fort Lee Down Slightly in 2011, State Report Shows

The 2011 Uniform Crime Report revealed an increase in non-violent crimes in Fort Lee, making the total number of reported crimes the same as the previous year.

The New Jersey State Police released its 2011 Uniform Crime Report Friday, with statewide criminal reports rising 3 percent from 2010 to 2011. But in Fort Lee the number of reported incidents—358—was exactly the same in 2010 as it was in 2011.

In Fort Lee, with a population of about 35,345 in 2010 and 109 officers on the police force in 2011, according to the state data, the 358 incidents in 2011 were comprised of 20 violent crimes, including three rapes, six robberies and 11 aggravated assaults, and 338 non-violent crimes, including 59 burglaries, 267 larcenies and 12 motor vehicle thefts.

The good news for Fort Lee residents was that violent crime was down from 2010, when there were 37 reported incidents, according to the report. But non-violent crime increased by 17 incidents to make up the difference in crime index totals.

Robberies were down in Fort Lee from 16 in 2010 to six in 2011, and aggravated assaults also dropped from 21 to 11. But burglary in the borough jumped from 42 in 2010 to 59 in 2011, while larceny increased by four and motor vehicle theft dropped by four.

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.

“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,” New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in a statement, acknowledging the slight increase in the overall statewide crime rate.

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 arrests.

A full copy of the 2011 Crime Index Report can be found here.

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