Police & Fire

Chatham Township Ranks No. 6 on New Jersey Safe Town List; Chatham Borough is No. 60

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township ranked as the No. 6 safest town and Chatham Borough is rated No. 60 out of 474 New Jersey communities, according to a study of crime statistics produced by ValuePenquin.

For a complete listing of the safest towns rankings published by financial research company ValuePenguin click here.

ValuePenguin compared crime statistics to rank the towns. Population and the different types of crimes were factored into the ranking. Chatham Township ranks No. 1 in Morris County.

Sign Up for E-News

“This ranking is a testament to the hard work of the men and women of our police department and the relationship we have built with the residents of Chatham Township through our community policing initiatives," Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly said. "While our crime rate continues to be amongst the lowest in the state year-after-year, we remain committed to ensuring that Chatham Township remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

The statistics were taken from data compiled by the FBI in 2013. The "crime score" was calculated by weighing violent crimes at 90 percent and property crimes at 10 percent.

In Chatham Township, with a population of 10,681, there were zero violent crimes per 100,000 reported and 393 property crimes, giving the township a score of 39. In Chatham Borough, with a population of 9,105, there were 22 violent crimes and 615 property crimes per 100,000 for a score of 81.

In comparison, the most dangerous town in the state is Wildwood, population 5,228, with 1,721 violent crimes per 100,000 and 12,835 property crimes for a score of 2,833.

The top five above Chatham Township are: 1-Hanover Township (Burlington County). 2-Harrington Park (Bergen). 3-Haworth (Bergen). 4-Pennington (Mercer). 5-Old Tappan (Bergen).

The most dangerous, according to the statistics are: 1-Wildwood (Cape May County). 2-Atlantic City (Atlantic). 3-Asbury Park (Monmouth). 4-Avalon (Cape May). 5-Sea Isle (Cape May).



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Mike Czech – One of Chatham’s Hidden Gems….

On a warm sunny day, back in 2008, at Southern Boulevard Elementary School stood a very tall man (6.5” to be exact!), soft-spoken, warm and friendly as he was surrounded by a whole group of children running around him (at his knees).

His name was Mike Czech and he was teaching the kids how to play a game on the open court.   I introduced myself to help assist him as a fellow ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


Atlantic Health System and Kindred Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute

May 22, 2018

Building will be first phase of a health services campus at Giralda Farms

MORRISTOWN, NJ and LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 22, 2018 – Atlantic Health System and Kindred Healthcare today broke ground on Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, which will offer New Jersey best-in-class inpatient rehabilitation in a modern, state-of-the-art setting.

The new Atlantic Rehabilitation ...