New Jersey Home Security Systems
In the first six months of 2011 (the most recent crime statistics available), overall crime in New Jersey increased by 2%, according to New Jersey State Police records. In particular, crimes that tend to increase during difficult economic times -- such as robberies, motor vehicle theft, and burglaries -- all increased, with the number of motor vehicle thefts rising by 20% and residential burglaries rising by 10%. The counties where crime increased the most were Warren (14%), Essex (11%), Cape May (10%), and Cumberland (9%), according to NJ.com and NJ.gov.*
The good news is that crime rates in New Jersey -- for both violent and non-violent crimes -- are lower than the national average. The only crime that had a higher rate than the national average was robbery, and the difference was very slight.