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New Jersey cities see increase in nonviolent crime

The Northern Valley region of New Jersey saw an increase in nonviolent crime in 2009.

The Northern Valley region of New Jersey saw an increase in nonviolent crime in 2009.

Although the overall 2009 crime rate in New Jersey decreased 9 percent, there were still several Northern Valley towns that had a rise in nonviolent crime, according to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Report.

Burglary and larceny made up most of the increase, but authorities in the area blame the increase on the struggling economy and the negative impact it has had on many in the area as well as the country.

One of the towns who saw crime index increase was Cresskill, New Jersey. Its police chief, Edward Wrixon, told the Northern Valley Surburbanite, "A lot of it boils down to the economy," he commented, noting people out of work and losing jobs may influence the rise in thefts. "In my experience, when the economy goes bad, you have more crime occurring."

Northvale, New Jersey, had the largest increase in nonviolent crime, with an increase in larceny incidents from 16 in 2008 to 48 in 2009, according to the report.

With burglaries increasing in some New Jersey towns, it may make sense for the residents in those affected towns to implement home security systems. The main objective of a security system is to deter intruders from the home, and a burglar that knows there is a security system in the residence will likely avoid testing their luck, says HomeSecuritySystemSales.com.