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Washington Twp. Ranked Among Safest Towns in New Jersey

Security company uses FBI data, investigative work to rank top-50 towns.

Washington Township is one of the safest towns in all of New Jersey, and not just because we think so. 

According to a new report by security company SafeWise, which ranked all New Jersey towns with populations over 15,000 for their levels of safety, Washington Township came in fourth place overall.

The data used by SafeWise comes from the FBI’s 2011 Crime In The U.S. report with the company’s “own comprehensive investigation,” the website said. 

Washington Township, ranked fourth, is also the top Morris County town on the list, followed by Madison coming in ninth overall.

Mahwah in Bergen County, Sparta Township in Sussex County, and Warren Township in Somerset County placed in the top-3 spots, respectively.

Based on the data used by SafeWise, no murders or rapes were reported in 2011, and less than 30 burglaries were reported, making for “impressive statistics for a community of nearly 20,000 residents.” SafeWise also cited multiple volunteer community organizations for the town’s likability.

“A very active Historic Preservation Commission keeps an eye on changes in three historic districts, and the popular Long Valley Junior Women’s Club has been enriching the lives of Washington residents through volunteer service for over half a century.”

SafeWise also said that when you relocate to Washington Township, “you’ll be greeted by friendly neighbors, a proactive police force and quiet streets.”

This is the second statewide nod Washington Township has received by various organizations in the past year. In the summer of 2013, New Jersey Monthly Magazine ranked Washington Township as the 46th best town to live in the state for its bi-annual report.

What do you think of the rankings? Does Washington Township deserve the fourth spot? Should it be higher? Lower?

Bill January 23, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Guess you're a "glass half empty" kind of guy!
History WT January 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM
I think ProstituteDude doesn't include victimless crime.
Chuck Ruff January 24, 2014 at 07:30 AM
These rankings are based on 2011 stats. I honestly don't think we'd rank that high if they were based on recent stats, given the number of burglaries we've had recently. DUI's don't appear to be included in the study, but you cannot say that is a victimless crime, nor are they irrelevant in determining a town's level of safety.
Denis Mclaughlin January 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM
That's great news! But I highly doubt Madison, NJ is up there among the top safest. A friend of mine use to live on Cook ave. in Madison and the things that happened on that street.....I have no positive comments about Madison, NJ. But great job Washington Township! :) It's a fresh breath of air to hear that!
Denis Mclaughlin January 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Bill..throughout the comments I've viewed from Hookerman's comments on other blogs (not following him..purely coincidental) and in regards to your comment that the glass is half empty for him...it's completely dried out. There's no liquid in that person's glass at all. I pray for that Hookerman blogger. Maybe someone can pour some liquid into your glass...maybe a little gran manier will do ;) God Bless! ;)

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