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Mahwah Named Second Safest Town in Jersey

Ranking is out about a month after another list placed Mahwah at #1.

About a month after Mahwah topped one company’s “Safest Towns in New Jersey” list, it has nearly topped another.

This week, the real estate blog Movoto ranked the top ten safest towns in New Jersey and Mahwah came in at #2, just one spot below where the township landed on a Safewise list last month.

On the Movoto list, Chatham township dethroned Mahwah and claimed the #1 spot. This list considered all towns with a population of 10,000 or more, and based the ranking on the FBI’s 2012 crime statistics report, and the number of crimes committed per resident.

"The name "Mahwah" comes from the Lenape word mawewi, which means "Meeting Place," and, after conducting or study, we can't think of a better-or safer-place to meet," Movoto said of the township.

Of the 109 crimes reported in 2012, 106 were non-violent and 87 of those were property theft, the report explained.

"Residents here only had a 1 in 223 chance of being the victim of a crime," it said.

Township Mayor Bill Laforet said he was proud of this ranking, especially in light of the previous Safewise ranking.

"I think this is just another validation that our community is doing the right things, and that this is a great place to be," he told Patch.

Laforet also commended the Mahwah Police Department on its work, which he said "definitely is a big part of all of these safety rankings."

Other towns on the top ten list include Hasbrouck Heights and Tenafly. See the full list here.
Mahwah Resident February 15, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Great work MPD !
Mahwah Resident February 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Unfortunately, that will change if the mall should get built! Is Paramus on the list? Thank you Mahwah Police Dept!
Joe Glotzbier February 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Thanks again MPD!
Richard Levine February 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM
According to Sperling’s Best Places, which is also used by people to determine their relocation, violent crime/non-violent crime in Mahwah and nearby and towns of interest are: Mahwah 1/1, Chatam 1/1, Franklin Lakes 1/1, Oakland 1/1, Ramsey 2/2, Upper Saddle River 1/1, Saddle River 1/1, Suffern 2/1, W. Nyack 3/4, Nanuet 4/4, Paramus 4/7, and Hackensack 5/4. Note that Mahwah has the same rating as several nearby towns (1/1!). Also, note the towns where there are significant shopping areas/malls have multiples of what we currently experience. I guess we can look forward to several times the crime rate we currently enjoy. I don’t know where we will fit the much larger police department we will need, and how much the taxes will go up to pay such an extraordinary expense and associated overtime. If the increased crime raate also deters families from moving here, we will also lose our tax base, as we will not be an as attractive town to move to.
Hank February 15, 2014 at 03:06 PM
We are screwed. The mall will bring in 20,000 more cars a day to our town. It will destroy our way of life! Local businesses will close! Crime! More Police! Famine! New diseases being introduced into our community! Hells Angels! Gypsies! Pollution! Stop the Mall!
Regenbogen February 15, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Hank You made one little error: That should be Gypsies tramps and thieves!!
Hank February 15, 2014 at 04:34 PM
thank you
Andy Schmidt February 15, 2014 at 08:16 PM
If you add size and population to the equation then Mahwah clearly stands out against the smaller neighbors. We are very fortunate! Thank you to everyone who keeps us safe.

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