The good news is that crime is down in New Jersey. The bad news? There are still some towns in Ocean County with higher violent crime incidents. In a recent Patch article, the state's list was released.

The FBI's "Crime in the United States Report" was released this month and it uses statistics from the most recent year available (2018). The FBI defines the most serious forms of "violent crime" as:

  • murder
  • manslaughter
  • rape
  • robbery
  • aggravated assault

Here are the Top 5 towns in Ocean County that made the list:  (* violent crimes per 1,000 people) and State Rank**

  1. Seaside Heights 9.05* (5th**)
  2. Lakehurst 3.37* (35th**)
  3. South Toms River 1.87* (84th**)
  4. Island Heights 1.82* (87th**)
  5. Lakewood Township 1.25* (136th**)

Other towns in the Top 10 included: Long Beach Township, Pine Beach, Brick Twp, Point Pleasant, and Point Pleasant Beach.

New FBI data shows crime decreased in the United States from 2017 to 2018 by 3.9 %

CLICK HERE to see the full list via Patch.

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