SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Scotch Plains ranks in the top 100 safest cities in New Jersey, according to a new 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 men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department and the work they have done in keeping the Township of Scotch Plains among the top 100 Safest City in New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive every day to make Scotch Plains a safe community for our residents and visitors.”
Scotch Plains is one of only 10 Union County towns to make the top 100."

“I join Chief Conley in thanking the men and women of our police department for the outstanding work they have done to keep Scotch Plains among the top 20 percent of safest communities in New Jersey,” said Township Manager Al Mirabella. “On behalf of the residents of Scotch Plains, I congratulate and thank Chief Conley and the entire police department for this ranking.”

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New Jersey State Statistics:

  • New Jersey is the 3rd safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime).
  • The state has a violent crime rate that is less than half the national average (0.45 ratio) with 1.56 crimes per 1,000 against the national average of 3.47
  • Compared to national averages, New Jersey's property crime levels are also very low at a ratio of 0.34 based upon 13.79 crimes per 1,000 which compares to the national average of 40.43.

Nearby towns rated among the top 100 Safest Cities in New Jersey were Cranford (No. 33), New Providence (No. 37),  Westfield (No. 66), Summit (No. 75), and Scotch Plains (No. 84).

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. The Council rated New Jersey cities with populations greater than 10,000. Fanwood (pop 7,808) was ineligible for inclusion on the list. 

For more information on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s report, visit: