Crime Reaches 2nd Consecutive
Historic Low in Hamilton
New Jersey’s 9th largest town (by population) reached a historic low in crime for the second, consecutive year in 2015.
2014, when the community enjoyed its lowest overall crime rate in the 37 year
history of its Police electronic crime database, Hamilton saw overall crime drop again – this time by 7.2 percent
- during 2015 to set a new, historic low.
“After setting a historic low in crime during
2014, reducing crime even further in 2015 was going to be a formidable
challenge,” explained Hamilton Township
Mayor Kelly Yaede, who also serves as the community’s Director of Public
Safety. “However, thanks to the
continued effort and dedication of Chief Collins, our Police Captains, all of our
dedicated Police Officers and civilian Police Division personnel, as well as
the continued cooperation of our law-abiding citizens, we keep setting
new standards of excellence when it comes to public safety in Hamilton
non-violent crime also hitting a new, record low (down 8.3 percent over 2014’s
historic low), Hamilton’s rate of 20.3 crimes per 1,000 residents during 2014
fell even further in 2015 -- to 18.8 crimes per 1,000 residents.
part of data submitted by the Township’s Police Division to the New Jersey
State Police for its annual Uniform Crime Report, from 2014 to 2015 Hamilton
Burglary drop by 22.2
Simple Assault drop
by 12.2 percent
Motor Vehicle Theft
drop by 11.7 percent
Robbery drop by 5.8
Larceny – Theft drop
by 2.1 percent
Yaede and Chief of Police James W. Collins credited good Police-work (i.e.
making arrests, solving cases, keeping repeat offenders off the streets and
creating a reputation that criminals will be apprehended if committing a crime
in the community), along with proactive crime prevention efforts, expanding use
of social media and the cooperation of law-abiding residents in helping to
continue this positive trend in public safety.
the historic results, Hamilton will not become complacent. During 2016,
Hamilton Police will upgrade its current communication system, begin deploying
Police body-worn cameras and further efforts to curb prescription drug abuse.
day, the Hamilton Township Police Division continues to work to keep our
community safe. The dedication and
commitment of our entire Police Division is illustrated through these most
recent statistics,” says Chief James W. Collins. “The
Hamilton Township Police Division wants to thank the law-abiding citizens of
our community for their continued cooperation, because they are a very
important partner in maintaining public safety.
I would also like to thank Mayor Yaede for her continued leadership in
making sure that our Police Division has the resources to protect and serve our