New Jersey Crime Report Yields Mixed Results

How are crime rates in Burlington County?

New Jersey’s most recent Uniform Crime Report revealed that the state’s overall crime rate fell 7 percent in 2013, and preliminary data for 2014 indicates a 7.7 percent decrease. While Burlington County’s overall crime rate also fell (by 3 percent), violent crime was up by 6 percent. The county’s overall crime rate, measuring victims per 1,000 people, was 18.7 (compared, for example, with the highest rate of 33.9 in Camden County).

Elsewhere in the state, drug crime continues to plague Newark, but citizens are providing anonymous tips that are leading to arrests and the recovery of weapons and drugs. One recent investigation led to a rooftop chase after police entered a home and observed a man wearing a backpack climbing out of a third-story window. When he was apprehended, his backpack was found to contain 300 grams of cocaine, 100 grams of MDMA (also known as Molly) and three loaded guns. A subsequent search of the home led police to discover 450 rounds of ammunition, high capacity magazines, a bulletproof vest, two pounds of marijuana and a small amount of heroin. Police also found scales and paraphernalia used for the processing and sale of drugs, and almost $7,000 in cash.

To more effectively combat crime, some police departments in Burlington County utilize Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety zones. Law enforcement uses location-based crime and traffic data to guide deployment. Evesham Township police recently made a traffic stop that led to the discovery of drugs and a loaded handgun.

If you or a loved one is facing drug charges, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sitzler and Sitzler can help. We represent clients throughout Southern New Jersey in a wide variety of misdemeanor (disorderly person charge) and felony (indictable charge) cases. Contact our Hainesport, New Jersey office today at (609) 267-1101.