With many towns along the Jersey Shore small in size, how do the crime rates of Manasquan and Belmar compare to places only a few miles away?
NJ Spotlight has created an interactive map using the recently released 2011 Uniform Crime Report that plots the total crime rate per 1,000 people for seven index crimes (four violent -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- and three non-violent -- burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft).
In the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents was 58.5 for 2010 and 51.3 for 2011. When considering violent incidents per 1,000 residents, the crime rate was 4.1 for 2010 and 3.5 for 2011.
In Manasquan, the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents was 29.2 for 2010 and 37.5 for 2011. When considering violent incidents per 1,000 residents, the crime rate was 0.7 for 2010 and 1.9 for 2011.
In Wall Township, the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents increased from 15.7 in 2010 to 18.2 in 2011, with the nonviolent rate per 1,000 jumping from 14.9 in 2010 to 17.5 in 2011.
In Bradley Beach, the overall crime rate increased to 43, from 37.5 in 2010. However, the violent crime rate dropped slightly from 1.4 to 0.9.
In Brielle, which had 55 total incidents in 2011, the crime rate was even lower. It was 11.5 overal and 0.4 for violent crime rate.
For insight into other neighboring towns, check out the interactive map, here.
As required by statute, all law enforcement agencies in the state submit monthly and annual summary crime reports to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, under the NJ State Police.
Information about 2012 will be released in December 2013.
Crime in New Jersey rose by 3 percent in 2011, with the increase attributed to a 3 percent jump in non-violent crimes.
There were 27, 173 violent crimes reported in 2011, a decrease of less than one half of one percent compared to the violent crimes of 2010. Nationwide, violent crime decreased by 4 percent.
The number of burglaries across the state jumped by 11 percent, to a high not seen since 2003. Read more about the state Uniform Crime Report.