Reported West Orange crime increased from 670 in 2010 to 874 in 2011. The New Jersey State Police released its 2011 Uniform Crime Report on Friday with statewide criminal reports rising 3-percent from 2010 to 2011.
According to the report, West Orange saw an increase of 204 incidents last year from the previous year.
With 46,207 residents and approximately 108 officers in its police force, West Orange had 77 violent crimes which were split between 31 aggravated assaults, and 43 robberies, two rape and one murder. The majority of its reported incidents were of a non-violent nature (797) as the village had 518 reported thefts last year. Also reported were 201 burglaries, and 78 stolen vehicles.
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.
“The latest crime data shows a slight increase in the overall crime rate in New Jersey,” New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in a statement. “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.”
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 the arrests made.
A full copy of the 2011 Crime Index Report can be found here.