Over the past nine months, motor vehicle thefts in Hoboken are way down and larcenies are slightly up, but overall crime rates have remained extraordinarily stable in the Mile Square City, according to a New Jersey State Police report released Monday.
From January to September of this year, Hoboken police have reported 1,109 criminal incidents, 105 of which were violent, according to the state police's current Uniform Crime Report. That's nearly identical to the 1,105 incidents — 106 of them violent — from January to September of 2012.
Motor vehicle thefts, which are down 28 percent from last year, have taken the biggest dip among index crimes. Larcenies, which include thefts of property not including motor vehicles, have seen the biggest increase, up nearly 7 percent on the year.
Rapes (8 in 2012, 6 in 2013), robberies (30, 33), assaults (68, 66) and burglaries (104, 101) have remained relatively stable from last year to this year.
Hoboken experienced its only homicide this year in September, when a 46-year-old man was found beaten to death with his head stuck between two fence spikes outside the Clock Tower Apartments on 3rd Street near Jefferson Street.