The good news -- crime in New Jersey has continued on its steady decline since 2016 but unfortunately this issue is not something that will disappear overnight, or even at all.

It is important to be aware of where the highest-crime spots are in your county because the more you know, the more prepared you can be.

In Monmouth County, believe it or not, the town with the highest crime rate is Asbury Park. There has been a 3.84 percent decline since 2015 but unfortunately, it looks like we have a long way to go.

Check out a closer look at the statistic or the other crime-filled towns in surrounding counties at NJ.com.

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