There has been good news on the safety front in New Jersey; first, we learned that we do well for worker safety and now comes new research that says when it comes to crime, we are one of the safest states.

Safe Wise is out with their annual Safest Cities report and it ranks New Jersey pretty high.

According to the report, New Jersey consistently boasts some of the lowest crime rates in the country, but New Jersey residents express the eighteenth-highest level of concern about their safety. Despite years of low crime rates, just 46% of residents say they feel safe in The Garden State.

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Here are some stats from the survey:

⚫ New Jersey's property crime rate of 15.7 incidents per 1,000 people is the tenth-lowest in the nation.

⚫ Fewer survey respondents (19%) reported personal experiences with property crime this reporting year compared to the previous year (24%). That's the third lowest in the US.

⚫ 31% of participants reported experiencing package theft, making New Jersey the tenth lowest state for falling victim to package theft (US 35%).

⚫ 67% of people in New Jersey use some form of property protection, compared to 75% nationwide.

⚫ The top form of property protection in New Jersey was security cameras with 37% of survey respondents using them. This is lower than the national average of 39%.

⚫ 3 in 10 New Jersey respondents (30%) said they increased their security measures in the 12 months prior to the survey (US 35%).

FILE - A Ring doorbell camera is seen installed outside a home in Wolcott, Conn., July 16, 2019. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, Amazon-owned Ring said it will stop allowing police departments to request doorbell camera footage from users, marking an end to a feature that has drawn criticism from privacy advocates. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

So, without further ado, here are New Jersey’s safest cities:

1. Vernon Township
2. Bernards Township
3. Jefferson Township
4. New Milford
5. Hillsborough Township
6. West Milford Township
7. Dumont
8. Denville Township
9. Sparta Township
10. Jackson Township
11. Mount Olive Township
12. Hopatcong
13. Manchester Township
14. Warren Township
15. Hopewell Township
16. Barnegat Township
17. Westfield
18. Roxbury Township
19. Princeton.
20. Middlesex Borough

Vernon Township, the safest city, had 0 violent crimes and 35 property crimes.

There are a lot of stats about the safest cities in the report, which can be found here.

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