Patch has just received the latest Uniform Crime Report from the New Jersey State Police.
Several numbers saw a drop from 2008 to 2009 in Morristown, including the overall crime index, reported violent crimes, larceny and aggravated assault. The murder rate, which was listed as 1 in 2008, was reported as 0 in 2009.
Reported domestic violence, however, was the only reported increase, going from 179 in 2008 to 206 in 2009.
Overall, Morris County saw drops in both violent and non-violent crime from 2008 to 2009, according to the report. Total crimes throughout the county dropped from 6,220 in 2008 to 5,980 in 2009. Violent crime dropped from 430 to 387. Non-violent crime dropped from 5,790 to 5,593. The 2008 figures also reflect drops from 2007.
From 2008 to 2009, Morris County saw drops in most individual types of crime, but small increases in rapes in domestic violence incidents. "In Morris County, we have enjoyed a steady and significant decrease in overall crime since 2007," Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said. "While no statistics tell the whole story, undoubtedly this is in part a direct result of the professional law enforcement services that are provided to our citizenry countywide by the local police agencies."
Bianchi said he and police chiefs around the county have partnered to develop "extremely successful countywide policing strategies which follow an intelligence-led policing model."
Bianchi said his office and other law enforcement had specifically targeted the most serious and prolific offenders in the county. "I am proud of the law enforcement services that we provide in Morris County and look forward to continuing to strengthen the delivery of the services we provide to our taxpayers," he said.
A call to the Morristown Police Department seeking comment has not yet been returned.Morristown
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