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Mahwah Named Safest Town in NJ

The township topped a new ranking based on crime data and safety initiatives in towns across the state.

Mahwah is the safest town in New Jersey, according to a ranking released this week by SafeWise, an online security and crime data review website.

The township topped the site’s “50 Safest Communities in New Jersey” list.

“Mahwah…not only boasts amazing natural beauty, but also a well earned reputation as welcoming and safe,” the ranking – which was based on the FBI’s 2011 Crime in the U.S. Report and the site’s investigation into safety initiatives in towns across the state – said.

The ranking noted zero murders, rapes, robberies or arsons reported in the township in the 2011 crime report. It also pointed out the township’s “first-rate” school system, available open space, and high number of housing and employment opportunities.

The ranking called the Mahwah Police Department, “particularly impressive” and “forward thinking,” using the Mahwah Delivers App as an example.

“Using the app, citizens can conveniently report zoning violations, service requests and other concerning conditions,” it said.

Local officials Monday said they were proud of the ranking and comments made in the list.

“That’s what people look for in a town, good schools and a good police department,” Mayor Bill Laforet said.

“We have both. I am proud to be mayor of such a great community.”

Laforet also commended the police department, and said he was “glad the App and the efforts to keep Mahwah safe and informed are getting recognized.”

Only two other Bergen County towns made the top 10 – Dumont at Number 6 and Bergenfield at Number 8.

See the full list here.

fastharry January 21, 2014 at 06:45 AM
The Mahwah PD has a lot to do with this....bet most people don't know that the Mahwah PD is one of the few departments that have nat'l accreditation. In all my 45 years of living in this town...from my hijinks as a kid to last year when I was pulled over for no turn signal...I have found them to ALWAYS be tough...but fair, and more importantly, caring and always walked away from the encounter with a hand shake and a smile.
Andy Schmidt January 21, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Is the Patch slowly winding down? Neither their daily newsletter NOR the home page is summarizing people's comments anymore. Even the comments page stopped showing any content: http://mahwah.patch.com/activity/comments
fred stedtler January 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Mahwah planning board meeting: Monday, January 27 at 7:30PM. Any Mahwah residents concerned with the possible impact of the proposed Crossroads Mall should attend and voice your concerns. This is the final meeting before the Planning board votes to approve or deny the application. All concerns including increased traffic, environmental issues and most importantly, the safety factor are urged to attend. Have your voice heard and be part of the process. All opinions pro and con will be heard and considered.See you there!
Mona Lot January 22, 2014 at 05:43 AM
Yes the Mahwah PD has a lot to do with this ranking but lets not forget the law abiding citizens that live in the town,they have a lot more to do with this rating the PD only enforce the laws that maybe broken.
Mary K. Sullivan January 26, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Great that Mahwah is a safe town. However, if the Mall is built, Mahwah risks remaining safe. Just yesterday another Mall shooting happened in Maryland. Remember the Short Hills carjacking turned murder? Could this happen in Mahwah? It can and it will. The Crossroads Mall will provide the perfect venue for what's taking place in malls across America. We don't want murder in Mahwah. Join your fellow citizens and attend the Town Meeting M 1/27/14 to be heard. Mary K. Sullivan
Hank January 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Mary " it can and it will..." Don't forget to bring that up at the meeting. ...... btw what makes you think that anyone who attends the meeting is against building the mall?
Richard Levine January 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM
One might say that this is the same statistics game we always see. Different sites will put Mahwah in another position than number one this particular survey. Other survey results show different towns maybe a point or two different in total ratings, meaning if there are any inaccuracies in crime statistic reporting it would be easy to throw off the entire results. I would not be willing to raise salaries or pormotions based on this very limited information and analysis. If you would look at the Patch articles, you would think there is a crime wave here. And our schools certainly are not top notch, even after paying top dollar: Neighborhood Scout does not place our schools in top 10, and according to New Jersey Monthly our high school is not in the top 50. So I would not run out and squander more money on such things as an indoor sports complex building. Nor would I raise everyone's salary based on excellence.
Richard Levine January 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM
One might say that this is the same statistics game we always see. Different sites will put Mahwah in another position than number one this particular survey. Other survey results show different towns maybe a point or two different in total ratings, meaning if there are any inaccuracies in crime statistic reporting it would be easy to throw off the entire results. I would not be willing to raise salaries or pormotions based on this very limited information and analysis. If you would look at the Patch articles, you would think there is a crime wave here. And our schools certainly are not top notch, even after paying top dollar: Neighborhood Scout does not place our schools in top 10, and according to New Jersey Monthly our high school is not in the top 50. So I would not run out and squander more money on such things as an indoor sports complex building. Nor would I raise everyone's salary based on excellence.
Richard Levine January 26, 2014 at 02:55 PM
This mall will be better off locating in NY State as they will not have to be close on Sunday per Mahwah blue laws. They would be competiting against malls/stores in NY.
Your neighbor January 27, 2014 at 01:46 PM
THE MALL IS HAPPENING.......WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
y2k_traveler January 29, 2014 at 07:13 AM
I moved 10 years ago from lower Bergen County to Mahwah because of the beautiful and serene town that it is and I hope will continue to be after this Crossroads Mall becomes a reality. The main reason I chose Mahwah was to escape the "Mall Madness" that will impact our lives everyday except Sunday. I am praying ..........

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