Although New Jersey is one of the safest states in the country; it has a number of communities that reports high rates of murder, aggravated assault and other forms of violence.
The following list of dangerous cities in the Garden State was compiled by New Jersey journalist Kristen Koennemann who took the data from FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.
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The UCR Program’s primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. In order to elaborate the statistics the program defines the most serious forms of “violent crime” as murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The cities and towns listed are ranked using a ratio based on number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. This, while accurate, it misses the data against smaller towns.
The borough in Bergen County and home of Teterboro Airport reports 14.71 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
The Capital City crime statistics give an account of 11.62 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
3. Asbury Park
Located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area, it registers 11.07 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
This South Jersey town’s name comes from the Hebrew word Shalom, meaning peace. Still, there are 9.10 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
5. Seaside Heights
The Ocean County borough discloses 9.05 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
This Camden County borough can be found right on the Delaware River. With a population of less than 2,000 residents, there are 8.40 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
This Cumberland County town has more than 2,000 properties in its historic district. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is the largest such district of any municipality in New Jersey. There are 8.32 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area and is a popular summer resort destination along the Jersey Shore. It reveals 7.94 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
The City of Orange is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, It has 7.42 violent crimes with 1,000 people.
It is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. Here there are 7.33 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
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Other towns not on the list but with rising violent crime rates include Audobon Park, Lakehurst, and Oaklyn. Camden is not on this list as the town did not report its violent crime statistics to the FBI.