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Elizabeth Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 3rd
  • Violent Crimes: 2nd (12th per 100k)
  • Murder: 6th (34th per 100k)
  • Rape: 3rd (52nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 4th (11th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (9th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 2nd (53rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 4th (60th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 3rd (91st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 4th (72nd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 202nd
  • Violent Crimes: 104th (425th per 100k)
  • Murder: 70th (355th per 100k)
  • Rape: 147th (1,086th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 154th (1,128th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 60th (58th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 223rd (2,296th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 204th (1,888th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 293rd (3,338th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 101st (173rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 107th (749th per 100k)

In Union County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (2nd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 129,007
  • Households: 39,433
  • Median Income: $43,568
  • Land Area: 12.319 miles2
  • Water Area: 1.336 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Elizabeth, NJ Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 13 8
Rape 34 44
Agg. Assault 461 492
Robbery 634 630
Burglary 836 766
Vehicle Thefts 881 865
Arson 13 11

Violent Crimes in Elizabeth, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 8
Rape 44
Aggravated Assault 492
Robbery 630

Property Crimes in Elizabeth, NJ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 766
Larceny 2162
Motor Vehicle Theft 865
Arson 11

Vehicle Thefts in Elizabeth, NJ

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 1232
2007 1352
2008 1294
2009 947
2010 1145
2011 1296
2012 1167
2013 1001
2014 881
2015 865

Violent Crimes in Elizabeth, NJ

Year Violent Crimes
2006 894
2007 939
2008 1124
2009 1288
2010 1392
2011 1315
2012 1007
2013 999
2014 1142
2015 1174

New Jersey Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in Elizabeth, NJ included 1174 violent crimes and 3793 property crimes. The 1174 violent crimes included: 8 murders, 492 aggravated assaults, 44 forcible rapes, and 630 robberies. The 3793 property crimes included: 865 motor vehicle thefts, 766 burglaries, 11 counts of arson, and 2162 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in Elizabeth, 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 Elizabeth, NJ? BeenVerified can help you locate background check and criminal records for individuals living in Elizabeth or in the greater Elizabeth, 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.


Vehicle Thefts in the state of New Jersey

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 24724
2007 21953
2008 20180
2009 15508
2010 15556
2011 17415
2012 16481
2013 13747
2014 11705
2015 11778

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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