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1/20/2015 - Crime Reaches Historic Lows in 2014 in Hamilton


Crime Reaches Historic Lows in 2014 in Hamilton


In the above photograph, speaking at the podium is Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede, who also serves as Hamilton’s Director of Public Safety.  Standing on the far left is Angelo J. Onofri, First Assistant Prosecutor of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, next to Hamilton Township Police Chief James W. Collins (center).  Photograph courtesy of Hamilton Township.


Crime in Hamilton Township, New Jersey’s 9th largest town (by population), reached historic lows in 2014.

Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede, who also serves as Hamilton’s Director of Public Safety, along with Police Chief James W. Collins and members of the Hamilton Township Police Division announced that the township’s crime rate in 2014 was its lowest according to police data dating back to 1977 (over the 37 years of available data through our Hamilton Township Police Division’s electronic crime database.).


After decreasing 5 percent in 2013, Hamilton’s crime rate dropped over 12 ½ percent in 2014 (to 20.3 crimes per 1,000 residents).  Both violent and non-violent crimes were down over the past year in Hamilton, with non-violent crimes reaching its lowest level on record.


During 2014, aggravated assaults dropped 29.63%, rape dropped 25% larceny dropped 17.46%, robbery dropped 11.54% and burglary dropped 3.57% from the prior year. There were no homicides in Hamilton in 2014.   


On a monthly basis, the Hamilton Township Police Division must submit this data to the New Jersey State Police for its annual Uniform Crime Report.


Mayor Yaede and Chief Collins credited the work of police officers solving cases and making arrests, along with proactive crime prevention efforts and an increased emphasis on communication with residents through social media and the Police Division’s website, of which Hamilton Township was acknowledged by the Rutgers Center for Government Services in 2014 with a special recognition award in the area of website/social media. 


“Public safety is something that we all desire in our community; and I could not be prouder of the historic results that we have achieved in Hamilton Township.  It is a true credit to the outstanding work of Chief Collins and our entire Police Division, our continued focus on proactive, crime prevention efforts and our ongoing communication and cooperation with residents,” says Mayor Yaede.  “Reaching this historic level of public safety sets a very high standard to strive to exceed in the future, but our job is never complete when it comes to fighting crime.  We will keep working every, single day to ensure that our families and neighbors continue to enjoy a very safe community.”  


“I want to thank Mayor Yaede for her continued leadership as Public Safety Director, for providing our Police Division with the necessary tools and resources to protect our community, and I want to give Mayor Yaede credit for spearheading our efforts to implement a social media presence and an enhanced website for our Police Division,” says Chief James W. Collins.  “I want the citizens of our community to know that their Police Division will continue its efforts to keep them safe; and with their continued cooperation, together we can continue to achieve positive public safety results.”