New report shows 20 percent increase in New Jersey's homicide rate
A state Uniform Crime Report released Wednesday shows a 20 percent increase in New Jerseys homicide rate. Attorney General Peter Harvey says the increase of murders since 2002 is attributed to an increase in gang activity.
Officials say Newark is the most violent city in the Garden State, with the highest incidents of gang related murders. However, one gang member says Newarks two rival gangs signed a cease-fire treaty in May. He says since that treaty signing, his group has been visiting schools telling kids to stay out of gangs.
As a way to try and stop gang activity, Harvey unveiled a new educational video Wednesday to help get parents involved in steering their children away from gangs.