MADISON, NJ- Safewise ranked Madison nineteenth in their "50 Safest Cities in New Jersey" guide recently. 

Safewise states, "New Jersey’s leaders, residents, and law enforcement officers can be proud that their pro-active approach to fighting crime is paying off. Since the last time we reported on New Jersey, violent crime dropped from 4.45 to 2.85 incidents per 1,000 residents, and property crime fell from 26.81 to 18.81 incidents per 1,000 citizens."

"To put that into perspective, the national violent crime rate is 3.67 incidents per 1,000 citizens and the property crime rate is 27.30 incidents per 1,000 people. This means New Jersey’s crime rate is approximately 30 percent less than the typical state in the U.S."

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"What’s even more impressive is that we found 50 Garden State communities where the average crime rate is 78 percent less than it is across the country. In fact, the average violent crime rate of the safest cities in New Jersey is .32 incidents per 1,000 people, and the average property crime rate is 6.57 per 1,000 people."

According to Safewise, "Madison has a highly ranked public school system, numerous cultural attractions, and close proximity to Manhattan are a few of the perks of living in Madison. Low crime is another. The chance of being a victim of crime in Madison is nominal compared to the rest of the country. Specifically, 6.59 crimes per 1,000 residents are reported in Madison, whereas 30.97 crimes are reported nationally per 1,000 people."

To create their list, Safewise identified communities with a population of more than 10,000 people in 2013 and reported complete crime data to the FBI. Then they reviewed the latest FBI Crime Report statistics, comparing the number of reported violent crimes (murder, robbery, rape, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) in each city. To compare small and large cities fairly, Safewise calculated the chance of both types of crime happening out of 1,000 people.

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