Jersey City, NJ Criminal and Public Records

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Jersey City Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (25th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (27th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (43rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (28th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 3rd (24th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (168th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 2nd (118th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (210th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 3rd (22nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (23rd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 71st
  • Violent Crimes: 93rd (1,168th per 100k)
  • Murder: 53rd (315th per 100k)
  • Rape: 97th (1,060th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 103rd (1,700th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 63rd (371st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 192nd (4,763rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 150th (3,105th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 221st (5,162nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 144th (1,249th per 100k)
  • Arson: 61st (600th per 100k)

In Hudson County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (8th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 264,290
  • Households: 99,058
  • Median Income: $59,537
  • Land Area: 14.795 miles2
  • Water Area: 6.339 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Jersey City, NJ Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 24 27
Rape 35 97
Agg. Assault 702 710
Robbery 620 549
Burglary 887 976
Vehicle Thefts 549 605
Arson 37 62

Violent Crimes in Jersey City, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 27
Rape 97
Aggravated Assault 710
Robbery 549

Property Crimes in Jersey City, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 976
Larceny 2648
Motor Vehicle Theft 605
Arson 62

Burglary in Jersey City, NJ

Year Burglary
2006 1670
2007 1504
2008 1869
2009 1400
2010 1523
2011 1402
2012 1426
2013 1052
2014 887
2015 976

Arson in Jersey City, NJ

Year Arson
2006 96
2007 100
2008 83
2009 59
2010 51
2011 33
2012 24
2013 31
2014 37
2015 62

New Jersey Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in Jersey City, NJ included 1383 violent crimes and 4229 property crimes. The 1383 violent crimes included: 27 murders, 710 aggravated assaults, 97 forcible rapes, and 549 robberies. The 4229 property crimes included: 605 motor vehicle thefts, 976 burglaries, 62 counts of arson, and 2648 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in Jersey City, NJ which fell outside of the major crime category; these crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors. It is important to realize that the numbers above reflect the reported crime rate, not the actual crime rate. Depending on the crime, there can be a huge disparity between the actual crime rate and the reporting rate.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 23346 22879
Murder 349 363
Rape 2227 2392
Agg. Assault 11225 11414
Robbery 10498 9729
Property Crimes 154993 145701
Burglary 31710 27960
Larceny 111578 105963
Vehicle Thefts 11705 11778
Arson 0 0

Looking for information on a specific individual in Jersey City, NJ? BeenVerified can help you locate background check and criminal records for individuals living in Jersey City or in the greater Jersey City, NJ metropolitan area. These records can help you determine if someone has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime. However, it is important to realize that the absence of a criminal record is no guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior.

Most major metropolitan areas include suburbs and surrounding areas. Crimes in those areas may not be charged in the city, but in the surrounding county or state. Therefore, it may be important to look at statewide crime statistics.


Burglary in the state of New Jersey

Year Burglary
2006 39433
2007 37482
2008 40401
2009 37262
2010 38732
2011 43238
2012 42338
2013 35873
2014 31710
2015 27960

You may also want to look at crime trends to compare a city to the state or the country, as a whole. To do this, you do not look at the overall number of crimes, but at the crime rate. It is also helpful to look at crime rates over time to determine whether a city or state is experiencing a growth in crime compared to the country, as a whole. Conventionally, the crime rate is reported as incidents per 1,000 people.

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