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Gloucester County Clocks Largest Drop In Violent Crime In NJ For 2011, According To Report

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ (CBS) – Violent crime in one New Jersey county was down 14 percent in 2011, according to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Report the previous year.

Gloucester County is reporting the 14 percent decline, which is the largest decrease recorded in the state’s 21 counties.

“Our police departments continue to work hard to embrace new strategies to fight crime,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. “Our joint efforts in sharing information; crime mapping; community outreach a task force approach to serial offenses has made a difference. We will continue to employ new ways to work together and enlist the help of residents in keeping our county safe.”

The Crime Report also adds that the most substantial violent crime decrease in Gloucester county was in aggravated assaults, from 277 in 2010 to 216 in 2011. There were three murders last year, up from one a year earlier. Sexual assaults numbered 23 in 2010 and 30 in 2011.

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