Camden, New Jersey, a city with nearly 78,000 residents, has seen its fair share of violence over the years; more recently, however, it has experienced a drop in crime. From 2008 to 2014 (the most recently available Uniform Crime Report data), the violent crime rate in Camden City decreased 11.4 percent; while its nonviolent crime rate decreased 40.1 percent. This is welcome news to residents.
Even with this decrease in crime, the city was still ranked as one of the most dangerous in America by both Neighborhood Scout and CQ Press / Morgan Quitno Corp. from 2004–2014. These ranking organizations look at crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft to determine levels of danger in cities with a population of 75,000 or more. Camden reached an all-time high of violent crime in 2012 when it experienced 67 murders, an increase of 235 percent over the previous year.