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Saddle Brook Crime Rate Down 6.5 Percent in 2011

All index crimes except for motor vehicle thefts dropped last year, according to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report.

Saddle Brook's rates of violent and non-violent crime both fell last year for the first time since 2006, according to the recently-released 2011 Uniform Crime Report.

Index crimes were down 6.5 percent from 2010 and are down more than 10 percent over the past three years, despite a 15 percent reduction in force levels since 2007.

After increasing each of the past three years, the number of violent crimes dropped nearly 40 percent last year due to a reduction in both robberies and aggravated assaults.

In fact, aside from motor vehicle thefts -- which spiked by 50 percent last year -- all other index crimes nosedived in 2011, producing Saddle Brook's second-lowest crime rate since the turn of the century.

For a full breakdown of the last six years of UCR data:

Overall Incidents in Saddle Brook


2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change

3-Year Change

Index Crime Total 317 391 353 323 339 317 -6.5% -10.2% Violent Crime 7 6 10 14 19 12 -37% +20% Non-Violent Crime 310 385 343 309 320 305 -4.7% -11.1% Crime Rate per 1,000 23.8 28.7 26.0 23.2 24.8 23.2 -6.5% -10.8% Force Level 34 33 31 32 28 27 -3.6% -13.0%

Violent Crime

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change 3-Year Change Murder 0 0 1 0 0 0 0  -100% Rape 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Robbery 3 3 5 4 7 5 -28.6% 0 Aggravated Assault 3 3 4 10 12 7 -41.7% +75%

Non-Violent Crime

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1-Year Change 3-Year Change Burglary 45 35 39 48 44 35 -20.5% -10.3% Larceny 238 328 279 246 264 252 -4.5% -9.7% Motor Vehicle Theft 27 22 25 15 12 18 +50% -28%

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