NEW JERSEY -- Scotch Plains ranks 47th among the safest cities in New Jersey, according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety. 

"I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department have done in making the Township of Scotch Plains the 47th Safest City in New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive each and every day to make Scotch Plains an extremely safe environment for our residents and visitors to our town. Hopefully we can achieve an even higher ranking in the years to come." 

Scotch Plains is the third highest ranked town in Union County and one of only 6 Union County towns to make the top 100.

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“Scotch Plains is a great place to raise a family because of the dedicated and hard-working men and women of our Police Department,” said Mayor Al Smith. "I congratulate Chief Conley and the entire police department for this prestigious ranking. On behalf of the entire Town Council and the citizens of Scotch Plains, I thank the Police Department for its service to our community.”   

To identify the safest cities in New Jersey, the National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. They rated New Jersey cities with populations greater than 10,000 for violent crimes per 1,000 residents and property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Fanwood was not rated since its population is less than 10,000. Nearby New Providence was No. 14, Cranford rated No. 57, Westfield was No. 70, Summit came in at No. 75, and Springfield was No. 99.

1 River Vale Township
2 New Milford
3 Washington Township
4 Clinton Township
5 Bernards Township
6 Warren Township
7 Hillsdale
8 Monroe Township
9 Bergenfield
10 Woolwich Township
11 Sparta Township
12 Montgomery Township
13 Chatham Township
14 New Providence
15 Westwood
16 Jefferson Township
17 Kinnelon
18 Tenafly
19 East Greenwich Township
20 Denville Township
21 Robbinsville Township
22 Winslow Township
23 Ringwood
24 Randolph Township
25 Raritan Township
26 Branchburg Township
27 Ridgefield
28 Dumont
29 Hopewell Township
30 River Edge
31 Manchester Township
32 Mount Olive Township
33 Mahwah Township
34 Waldwick
35 Madison
36 Glen Rock
37 Oakland
38 Marlboro Township
39 Morris Township
40 Verona
41 Wyckoff Township
42 Plainsboro Township
43 Readington Township
44 Berkeley Heights Township
45 Palisades Park
46 Hasbrouck Heights
47 Scotch Plains Township
48 Colts Neck Township
49 Manalapan Township
50 Middletown Township
51 Barnegat Township
52 Middlesex Borough
53 Hillsborough Township
54 Pequannock Township
55 Waterford Township
56 Franklin Lakes
57 Cranford Township
58 West Caldwell Township
59 Parsippany-Troy Hills Township
60 Wanaque
61 Lincoln Park
62 Harrison Township
63 Hopatcong
64 Little Ferry
65 Cedar Grove Township
66 Ridgewood
67 Stafford Township
68 Fort Lee
69 Princeton
70 Westfield
71 Howell Township
72 Jackson Township
73 Florence Township
74 Point Pleasant
75 Summit
76 South Brunswick Township
77 Cliffside Park
78 Piscataway Township
79 Medford Township
80 East Windsor Township
81 Guttenberg
82 Sayreville
83 Florham Park
84 West Milford Township
85 Aberdeen Township
86 Ramsey
87 Bridgewater Township
88 Roxbury Township
89 Vernon Township
90 Fairview
91 South River
92 Pompton Lakes
93 Holmdel Township
94 Bordentown Township
95 Old Bridge Township
96 North Arlington
97 Nutley Township
98 Wall Township
99 Springfield
100 Hazlet Township