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.
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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.
“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).