MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Township ranks as the 28th 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.

Of Montville Township the report says, "Montville Township’s Community Dispute Resolution Committee mediates an array of citizen disputes. This frees up law enforcement to handle more pressing issues and help keep the streets of Montville Township safe. As a result, the overall crime rate in this Garden State community is less than three quarters of the average national crime rate."

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.

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In order to compare small and large cities, a crime rate per 1,000 residents was calculated. Montville Township's rate for violent crimes per 1,000 residents was .22. Its rate for property crimes was 7.26 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.

The top 10 in New Jersey are: 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.