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.

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