South Plainfield has a population of 24,458. During the past three years, South Plainfield saw 1,330 arrests. For 2017, the South Plainfield's arrest rate totaled 197.07 per 10,000 residents. This decrease of 37.74% makes South Plainfield lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 28 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of South Plainfield also totaled 454 arrests for property crimes during 2017. When compared to Carteret and Helmetta, South Plainfield is a more dangerous place to live.
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Overall, South Plainfield had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2017, South Plainfield averaged 28 violent crimes and 454 non-violent crimes.
The city of South Plainfield experienced 329 violent crimes during 2007-2017. Of that total, 3 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 1 was for legacy rape. The robbery total was 145, and the aggravated assault total was 180.