First, the good news: Overall violent crime in New Jersey dropped last year. But the bad news is, aggravated assault, rape and robbery incidents have increased, according to a report released by the FBI Monday.

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According to, the more than 23,300 violent crimes in the state in 2014 represent a 9.3 percent decline from 2013. In addition, the rate of violent crime dropped to roughly 261.2 offenses per 100,000 people. That's a decline of 9.6 percent from 2013, when the rate was 288.9.

The report also shows that crimes such as larceny, motor vehicle theft and burglary dropped in 2014 by 7.5 percent over the previous years.

"Rape was the only category of crime to increase in New Jersey in 2014, according to the data included in the FBI's annual Crime in the United States report," reported.