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New Providence is Named One of 100 Safest Cities In America for 2017

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The borough is listed as the 67th  safest city in America in a report generated by SafeWise.com, “your source for home security and safety advice,” according to its website.

The group issued its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017 on Monday, Aug. 14, and it may surprise many who look at the list the number of New Jersey communities that made the list.

New Providence with a population of 12,458 had a rate of 00 per 1,000 people for violent crimes and of 4.50 per 1,000 people for property crimes.

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This is the borough’s first appearance on the list. It’s an “easy place to live with low instances of violent crime and fantastic school programs. The STEM program, which inspires children to explore science, technology, engineering, and math, and the TryCan program, which brings social development programs, community service opportunities, and fun activities to children with special needs, serve as two of the most impressive programs. Both demonstrate community commitment by providing every resident with engaging and enriching activities they love,” reported the site.

Nearby towns that made it onto the list include Bernards Township, #21, Chatham Township, #42, Warren Township, #45, Berkeley Heights, #61 and Madison, #64, but those aren’t the only New Jersey towns that made the 100 Safest Cities in America list.

In May, after analyzing FBI crime statistics, SafeWise issued its report on the 50 safest cities in New Jersey. In May, Washington Township, Morris County was named the safest city in New Jersey, River Vale was number two and Bernards Township came in third, while New Providence was 18th.

The country-wide ranking was made by reviewing the FBI Crime Report from 2015 and population data for communities in each state. In New Jersey, all communities with less than 10,000 residents were eliminated, as were those that did not submit a complete crime report to the FBI, according to the website.

Violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery and property crimes, burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft were compared, and calculated as events per 1,000 people in each city.  

The statistics from all 50 states were then compared and the final ranking complied and published. Check out the complete list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017.

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