BERNARDS TWP., NJ – SafeWise, an independent review service, recently released its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America and the township is now the twelfth safest city in the country, up nine spots from last year’s ranking of twenty-first.

According to FBI statistics, Bernards Township, with its population of 27,024 had zero violent crimes and less than 100 property crimes. The group also cited the “township’s Green Team” which it notes is mapping “bike paths and researching environmentally friendly iniatives” as another reason for its placement.

River Vale New Jersey ranked seventh in the list. Twelve other communities in New Jersey are on the list, including four in the area: Warren Township is number 56; Berkeley Heights 58; Clinton Township 60 and New Providence 62.

The SafeWise site reports the evaluation is based on violent crimes per 1,000 population; in case of a tie, property crimes per 1,000 population were included. The eligible cities are determined by two factors, its population, after setting an “appropriate threshold of each state. The number is based on the state’s population as a whole and the number of cities to be included in the list,” according to the site. Cites that are not included in the report either do not meet the population threshold or “did not submit a crime report to the FBI,” it stated on the site.