BERNARDS TOWNSHIP,NJ- Bernards Township ranks as the 4th safest place to live in New Jersey in 2015, and #1 in Somerset County according to The SafeWise Report by Alexia Chianis, which ranked the 50 safest cities in the New Jersey.

SafeWise, a home security provider, used FBI statistics reported in 2013 and ranked New Jersey cities with at least 10,000 residents. Crime statistics were separated into two categories, 1-violent crimes: murder, robbery, rape and assault - and 2-property crimes: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

In order to compare small and large cities, a crime rate per 1,000 residents was calculated. Bernards Township's rate for violent crimes per 1,000 residents was .07. Its rate for property crimes was 4.46 per 1,000.

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Nationally, there are 3.67 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 27.30 property crimes. In New Jersey, the rates are .32 for violent crimes and 6.57 for property crimes.

The top 10 in New Jersey are: 1-Chatham Township. 2-Washington Township. 3-Bergenfield. 4-Bernards Township. 5-Wyckoff Township. 6-River Edge. 7-Montgomery Township.  

Raymond Gizienski, President of Bernards Township Police Benevolent Association (PBA) #357 added "I am extremely proud of our men and women that day in and day out selflessly put their own lives on the line for the residents of this great community. We are also very lucky to have a supportive Police Chief, Mayor, and Township Committee that allow us to conduct pro-active police patrols to keep crime down. We still have some work left, as we would like to be #1 on this list. We also look to our residents to continue to be our extra eyes and ears in our ongoing effort to keep Bernards safe."