Crime is down in 2013 in Holmdel and Hazlet, when compared to the same time last year.
The New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit has taken a significant step forward in reporting crime throughout the state. A link was placed on the public web site that connects users to very recent and comparative crime data for municipalities and counties. The data is updated every week, or as often as municipalities provide fresh numbers.
Data is compared to the same month of the previous year.
Compared to 2012, February crime is down overall in Holmdel by 32 percent.
There was one simple assault reported in February of this year, compared to three in 2012. Larceny is down from 22 incidents to 13, and motor vehicle theft is down from one incident to zero.
Two forcible entry burglaries were reported in February of this year, while there were zero at the same time last year.
Crime is down 18 percent in Hazlet, compared to February of 2012.
State crime statistics show there was one robbery with a firearm and one strong arm robbery in February of this year. Last year, both number were zero.
But there were no attempted burglaries in Hazlet in February, while the data shows last there were 6 in one month. Larceny is also down from 12 reported incidents in 2012, to 8 this year.
Initially, this information is offered in the form of a PDF document, however, the UCR Unit members are developing an interactive web page format that will allow users to search for specific data.
The new data can be viewed at njsp.org/info/ucr_currentdata.html.