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Crime numbers in municipalities will now be public on a near-weekly basis, State Police announced Friday.

“For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the State Police. “Even as preliminary data, this will be a great new tool for the public.”

The numbers will be updated each Friday and show a yearly comparison by month. The Uniform Crime Report, which presents the previous year’s crime numbers, comes out each fall. This new online link allows a more real-time picture of crime in each town, with municipalities expected to provide updated numbers each week.

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Atlantic County’s municipalities are all zeroes for 2013, but the State Police warn that the data is preliminary and numbers could change as local departments release new information.

But it’s clear that Atlantic City has seen a drop, with no homicides or rapes in January. The first 31 days of 2012 saw three killings and two rapes.

“When you put it all together, the multi-layer approach we’re taking with various public and private stakeholders is showing result,” said Tourism District Commander Tom Gilbertcq, a retired lieutenant commander of the State Police. “The key to success in Atlantic City is collaboration.”

Law enforcement leaders have stressed that they are working together in patrolling the city.

Right now, the crime information is offered only in a PDF document, but members of the Uniform Crime Report Unit are developing an interactive web page that will allow users to search for specific data.

The new information can be found at http://www.njsp.org/info/ucr_currentdata.html

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