As we continue to move into 2020, I am pleased to report that the preliminary data for the crime statistics for 2019 indicate continued good news for the residents of Gloucester Township. Our community policing initiatives and proactive policing philosophy, have resulted in Violent Crime (Robbery, Murder, Forcible Rape, and Aggravated Assault) dropping by 18% (77 incidents in 2018 and 63 incidents in 2019). The Non-Violent Crime (Burglary, Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson) also dropped by 7% (948 incidents in 2018 and 881 incidents in 2019). The overall Index Crimes Total decreased by 7.89% (1026 incidents in 2018 and 945 incidents in 2019).
While we are very pleased with these results, we know that we can even do better. We are regularly analyzing any crime trend and are looking for innovative ways to combat and lower crime in our community. But we need the help of our community members to continue to make Gloucester Township even safer. No one is better at spotting trouble in a neighborhood than the people who live there. If you see something out of place, call us. If you have a surveillance camera system, go to our website at www.gtpolice.com and register it with us. Contact our Community Relations Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what you can do to make Gloucester Township a safer community.
Our officers are committed to your safety, and I am proud of their hard work and commitment to serve our community. I am proud to serve with the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department, and proud to be your Chief of Police.