New Jersey has a strong reputation as a rough and tumble place. Pop culture has long portrayed it as plagued by urban blight and mafia strong arms, and high profile news stories over the years have done little to counter that reputation.
Of course New Jersey is a diverse state and not all cities in the Garden State live up to the hype. The Townships of Chatham, Mahwah, and Sparta for instance rank as among the safest in the nation. But if you want to know which neighborhoods you should definitely avoid, keep reading.
Real estate company Movoto has published a heavily researched list of the most dangerous places in New Jersey, using 2013 FBI crime statistics for murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes. Ranks were determined by crime per person, weighted more heavily for violent offenses. Coming in the top spots are Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Newark.
Better known for its beaches, boardwalk, and music scene, Asbury Park may seem like a surprising city to beat out places like Newark and Camden. Nevertheless, its high crime rate and relatively small population mean Asbury Park wins easily. With 842 property crimes, 263 violent crimes, and 6 murders in the population of less than 16,000, you might want to take a little extra care to stay safe next time you visit The Stone Pony.
The only grace saving Atlantic City from the top spot is a higher population – 685 violent crimes (but only 3 murders) and 3,160 property crimes for just under 40,000 people. And that’s not even counting the people who get fleeced at the Trump Taj Mahal.
Rounding out the top three is Newark, with only the 9th highest rate of total crimes per person but a particularly high rate of violent crime. With a total population of 278,246 Newark was home to 3,516 violent crimes including 112 murders in 2013.
If you end up on the wrong side of the law anywhere in New Jersey, call Chance BailBonds 24 hours a day for fast, courteous bail bonds service from a professional staff.