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Report: NJ Murders Jump in 2010

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Murders increased in New Jersey last year, though overall crime rose slightly.
  

A report released Thursday by the state attorney general’s office shows 372 murders compared to 320 in 2009. Last year murders reached their lowest level in a decade.
  

Overall, crime rose 1 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. All violent crime rose by about one-half of 1 percent, the first time in nearly a decade that it has risen. In 2009, overall crime dropped 9 percent compared to the previous year.
  

Bias incidents reported to police increased 13 percent last year, from 683 to 775.
  

The report says in an average 24-hour period in New Jersey there are 354 larcenies, 106 burglaries, 43 auto thefts, 38 aggravated assaults, 32 robberies, three arsons and three rapes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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