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In 2020 Camden Crime Dropped Overall, Aggravated Assaults Were Up 15% –

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden County Police Department (CCPD) saw mostly a decrease in crime in Camden throughout 2020 compared to the previous year, according to Uniform Crime Reports data.

The department responded to 2,797 total crimes, 15% less compared to 2019 (3,298) and below 3,000 for the first time in 50 years.

“We saw solid progress made in 2020 and I’m looking forward to building on those gains that the chiefs prior to me have achieved,” said Camden Police Chief Gabe Rodriguez, who was sworn in recently. “I know that we cannot do anything without working in concert with our community and it will continue to be imperative for us to be partners with our residents and other institutions in the city. Furthermore, I also want to thank the officers working the beat who are the backbone of this agency and who make a difference in the city every day.” 

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In 2020, robberies were down 26%, rape was down 18% and both motor vehicle thefts and burglary fell by 32%. Aggravated assaults were up overall by 15%. 

The following data on violent crime was provided:

  • 23 murder/manslaughter (25 in 2019)
  • 55 rape (67 in 2019)
  • 223 robbery (302 in 2019)
  • 879 aggravated assault (765 in 2019)
    • 304 with firearm (250 in 2019)
    • 575 without firearm (515 in 2019)
  • 1,180 total violent crime (1,159 in 2019)

The following is a breakdown of non-violent crime:

  • 252 burglary (372 in 2019)
  • 961 larceny-theft (1,194 in 2019)
  • 546 larceny-theft from auto (597 in 2019)
  • 39 arson (38 in 2019)
  • 365 motor vehicle theft (535 in 2019)
  • 1,617 total non-violent crimes (2,139 in 2019)

Incidents in which people were struck by non-fatal gunfire jumped 6% from 81 in 2019 to 86 in 2020. There were 17 shooting homicides in 2020 compared to 18 in 2019.

“This crime data underscores the tremendous progress we are making here in the City of Camden,” Mayor Frank Moran remarked in a statement. “Camden continues to trend in the right direction, but the hard work is far from over. Our community is now consistently realizing decreases in violent crime as we reach historic lows. These public safety advancements are the result of collaboration, innovative technology and enlightened polices.”

“In addition, positive interactions and a concerted effort by police officers to build meaningful relationships with residents have begun to take hold. I look forward to working with the Camden County Police Department and new Chief Gabe Rodriguez as we build upon these community policing efforts,” he added.

The following graphic was provided by the county. Camden County’s UCR data begins as far back as 1974.

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