BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights ranks the top 20th safest place to live in New Jersey in 2015, according to The SafeWise Report by Alexia Chianis, which ranked the 50 safest cities in the Garden State.
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. Berkeley Heights' rate for violent crimes per 1,000 residents was 0.6. Its rate for property crimes was 6.61 per 1,000.
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.
"I'm certainly pleased with this ranking," said Mayor Bob Woodruff. "It speaks well of our citizens in town in respect to law and order."
"It's a compliment to the Police Department and is further evidence that Berkeley Heights is a great place to live," said Woodruff.
The top 10 in New Jersey is: 1-Chatham Township. 2-Washington Township. 3-Bergenfield. 4-Bernards Township. 5-Wycoff Township. 6-River Edge. 7-Montgomery Township. 8-Clinton Township. 9-Woolwich Township. 10-New Milford.