By David Madden

By David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS)–New Jersey has released crime statistics for 2012 and while the overall trend is good, a couple trends have given officials pause.

Numbers contained in the Unified Crime Report show crime in the Garden State dropped 4 percent when compared to 2011.

While the overall violent crime number is also 4 percent lower, Attorney General’s Office spokesman Paul Loriquet says not all the data is good.

“The murder rate edged up slightly. We climbed roughly 12 additional homicides for the 2012 report. Rape cases also increased slightly as well.”

A 22 percent increase in murders in Camden County didn’t help. But overall crime numbers were down there, as well as Burlington County. Gloucester County’s rate took a slight uptick.

You won’t have to wait a year for 2013’s report. Officials have better methods to gather and compare the data and suggest the next report will come earlier than normal.

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