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Borough of Hopatcong – Rated 11th Safest City in New Jersey / 30th in the Nation

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The Borough of Hopatcong received recognition from the National Council for Home Safety and Security on February 23, 2020 on being one of the top safest cities in New Jersey. The Borough was also ranked as the 30th safest place nationally.

The research performed by the National Council for Home Safety and Security determined the ranking by giving each American city with a population over 10,000 a safety score calculated using violent and property crime rates derived from the latest FBI crime statistics, in addition to law enforcement data from nearly every city in the US.

Hopatcong Police 300Mayor Michael Francis. “The results we see in this study, are directly attributed to our Police Chief Robert Brennan, his Administration, and the outstanding capabilities of our Police Officers. I believe we have the best Police Department in the area, if not the State.”

“As Mayor, our administration works on providing the Police Department with the tools that they need, but the accomplishments belong to the Borough of Hopatcong Police Department, and the high-level of cooperation they receive from our residents.”

What makes a city safe?

There are plenty of ways to judge the safety of a city: crime levels, the frequency of natural disasters, road conditions and accident data, and more. But for the purposes of this ranking, we’ve limited our criteria to violent and property crime rates, and the ratio of law enforcement-to-residents.

Our thinking is that the risk of being a victim of a crime is the most unavoidable danger when living in a city: if crime is a problem where you live, you will inevitably come across it in your daily life. Additionally, the density of police officers in a given city is relevant since it plays a role in how quickly local law enforcement is able to respond to a crime-in-progress.  

New Jersey

While New Jersey may be widely known as the setting of the classic HBO mob series, The Sopranos, in truth, the Garden State is among the safest in the nation, with violent and property crime rates well below national levels. Let’s take a look at New Jersey’s five safest cities, which are model communities for more than just their low frequency of crime. All five are located in the counties of Bergen and Morris.

New Jersey Top 15:

#

City

Population

Total crimes

Law enforcement
per 1,000

11

River Vale Township

10157

25

2.07

2.

Tenafly

14742

41

2.65

3.

Kinnelon

10080

26

1.69

4.

Bergenfield

27684

77

1.91

5.

Mount Olive Township

28994

83

2.03

6.

Dumont

17825

54

2.24

7.

Sparta Township

18694

59

2.35

8.

New Milford

16701

57

2.51

9.

Chatham Township

10288

33

2.14

10.

Warren Township

15951

55

2.32

11.

Hopatcong

14183

48

2.19

12.

Washington Township

18484

57

1.62

13.

Mahwah Township

26501

101

2.34

14.

Robbinsville Township

14710

61

2.58

15.

Bernards Township

26813

89

1.57

National: Where are the safest cities in the US located?

New Jersey is home to the greatest share of America’s safest cities by a considerable margin. In all, 35 cities in the ranking are located in the Garden State, which is 16 more than in the next state. Massachusetts makes a strong showing, as well, coming in 2nd as the location of 19 of the safest states in the county. Next are New York and Pennsylvania, which tie for 3rd with 11 states each.

After the top 4 states, there’s a considerable drop off: Connecticut and Ohio tie for 5th place, as each have 5 states. 6th place goes to Rhode Island, which is the location of 4 of the safest cities. Next is Michigan in 7th place with two of the safest cities. Then, there’s 8 states with 1 city, a piece: Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Breaking the safest cities down regionally, it’s clear to see which area of the country is the clear-cut winner: the Northeast. A whopping 87 of the 100 safest cities are located in this region (counting Pennsylvania).

The Midwest comes in distant 2nd with 10 of the safest cities. These two regions account for 97 of the cities, and 3 remaining cities are somewhat isolated, with no other cities on the list belonging to their respective regions.

The West is the biggest loser: no cities west of Colorado made the cut.   

Report Methodology:

To identify the safest cities, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000 thus leaving 3,381 cities (out of a total of 9,251).

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.

Data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies was collected to determine police adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees).  We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. 

Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

Links to the Reports:

https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-new-jersey/
https://www.alarms.org/top-100-safest-cities-in-america/

More About the National Council for Home Safety and Security:

The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) is a national trade association comprised of companies in the security sector, including licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States.

Founded in 2006, the council aims to further consumer education and information with a focus on the following areas:

  • Home Security
  • Home Safety
  • Child Safety
  • Senior Safety at Home

Our primary focus is on legislative initiatives at both the federal and state level, that affect our membership, as well as the general safety and security of the public in their homes.

Source: National Council for Home Safety and Security report on February 23, 2020


 

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