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Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

A host of towns across Morris County have been named as some of the safest places to live and work in the nation, ranked in the top 100 safest communities in an annual national security review unveiled this week.

Seven Morris Towns Named in Top 100 Safest Communities in the Nation

The SafeWise report listed six Morris County towns among the top 50 safest places to live in the U.S., and seven in the top 100 Safest Cities in America. Morris County had the most New Jersey towns in the top 100 list.

Towns include:

  • #12 Mount Olive Township
  • #24 Washington Township
  • #28 Jefferson Township
  • #33 Randolph Township
  • #40 Roxbury Township
  • #46 Denville Township
  • #69 Morris Township

Some border towns in neighboring counties also made the list,  including Berkeley Heights, Bernards and Warren townships, based on their populations and reports of violent and non-violent crimes.

“This is just another example of why Morris County is the Number One County in New Jersey,” said Freeholder John Krickus, who lives in Washington Township (#24 on the list). “Safety is part of the high quality of life that our residents and people who work and visit can expect here in Morris County.”

By analyzing 2018 FBI crime reporting statistics and population data, security experts at safewise.com compiled their Safest Cities list. According to their reporting, for the second year running, New Jersey stands out with over 25 percent of the the top 100 list. Bergenfield, in Bergen County, was ranked Number 5.

“This is an opportunity to recognize police officers, city officials, and neighborhood watch leaders for their efforts. It’s a great chance to shine a light on a municipalities continuing commitment to public safety,” said Safewise Communications Manager Sage Singleton.

SafeWise has been conducting a comprehensive study of safety in the U.S. and putting out an annual ranking for six years.