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3/2/2016 - Crime Reaches 2nd Consecutive Historic Low in Hamilton in 2015

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.

Following 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 Township.”       

With 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.

As 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 saw:

·         Burglary drop by 22.2 percent

·         Simple Assault drop by 12.2 percent

·         Motor Vehicle Theft drop by 11.7 percent 

·         Robbery drop by 5.8 percent

·         Larceny – Theft drop by 2.1 percent

Mayor 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.

Despite 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.

“Each 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 residents.”