Clifton, NJ Criminal and Public Records

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About Clifton

Clifton is located in Passaic County, with a population of 86,334. This makes it the 9th most populous city in New Jersey. It has an average income of $67,992.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 200 reported major violent crimes (0.00232 per person) and 1,485 reported major property crimes in Clifton (0.017223 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Clifton.

Crime Rates Compared to New Jersey

When it comes to major violent crimes, Clifton has 0.00232 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.002554 violent crimes per person statewide.

Clifton has 0.017223 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.016265 per person statewide.


Clifton Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 9th
  • Violent Crimes: 16th (75th per 100k)
  • Murder: 13th (57th per 100k)
  • Rape: 17th (132nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 15th (73rd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 17th (65th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 13th (141st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 14th (152nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 10th (147th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 11th (64th per 100k)
  • Arson: 14th (116th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 370th
  • Violent Crimes: 433rd (2,698th per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (405th per 100k)
  • Rape: 183rd (1,333rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 370th (2,686th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 267th (1,042nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 636th (4,482nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 470th (3,532nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 613th (4,314th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 402nd (1,973rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 117th (822nd per 100k)

In Passaic County (2015)

  • Population: 2nd
  • Violent Crimes: 3rd (4th per 100k)
  • Murder: 3rd (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 2nd (4th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 3rd (5th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 3rd (3rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 2nd (6th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 2nd (4th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 2nd (4th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 3rd (6th per 100k)
  • Arson: 3rd (4th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 86,334
  • Households: 29,065
  • Median Income: $67,992
  • Land Area: 11.271 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.157 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Clifton, NJ Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 1 1
Rape 6 8
Agg. Assault 108 116
Robbery 71 75
Burglary 228 260
Vehicle Thefts 107 114
Arson 2 1

Violent Crimes in Clifton, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 1
Rape 8
Aggravated Assault 116
Robbery 75

Property Crimes in Clifton, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 260
Larceny 1111
Motor Vehicle Theft 114
Arson 1

Robbery in Clifton, NJ

Year Robbery
2006 78
2007 108
2008 84
2009 101
2011 101
2012 80
2013 57
2014 71
2015 75

Property Crimes in Clifton, NJ

Year Property Crimes
2006 1911
2007 1910
2008 1937
2009 1693
2011 1638
2012 1579
2013 1521
2014 1427
2015 1485

New Jersey Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Clifton is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

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

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Clifton compares to the rest of New Jersey or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Clifton is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of New Jersey or nationwide.


Robbery in the state of New Jersey

Year Robbery
2006 13357
2007 12549
2008 12701
2009 11639
2010 11818
2011 12209
2012 11385
2013 12082
2014 10498
2015 9729

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