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Westfield Named Among the 50 Safest Towns in NJ by SafeWise

By BRENDA A. NEMCEK

January 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — According to a ranking published by security organization SafeWise, Westfield has been ranked the New Jersey's 36th safest place to live. Number one is Mahwah.

The SafeWise rankings were determined by combining 2011 FBI crime data with other factors, such as unique safety initiatives and security programs, the company said in a release.

A municipality must have a population of at least 15,000 to qualify for the list.

"From relaxed rural countrysides to fast-paced city living, the 50 safest communities in New Jersey share one critical, crime stopping characteristic: community cohesiveness," SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said.

Here is SafeWise's Top 50:

1. Mahwah (Bergen)

2. Sparta (Sussex)

3. Warren (Somerset)

4. Washington (Morris)

5. Bernards (Somerset)

6. Dumont (Bergen)

7. Hopatcong (Sussex)

8. Bergenfield (Bergen)

9. Madison (Morris)

10. Plainsboro (Middlesex)

11. New Milford (Bergen)

12. Montgomery (Somerset)

13. Wyckoff (Bergen)

14. Monroe (Middlesex)

15. Ridgewood (Bergen)

16. Readington (Hunterdon)

17. Hopewell Township (Mercer)

18. Morris Township (Morris)

19. Hillsborough (Somerset)

20. Montville (Morris)

21. Randolph (Morris)

22. Raritan Township (Hunterdon)

23. Cliffside Park (Bergen)

24. Mount Olive (Morris)

25. Manchester (Ocean)

26. Fort Lee (Bergen)

27. Princeton (Mercer)

28. Marlboro (Monmouth)

29. East Windsor (Mercer)

30. Jefferson (Morris)

31. Palisades Park (Bergen)

32. Manalapan (Monmouth)

33. Scotch Plains (Union)

34. Cranford (Union)

35. Denville (Morris)

36. Westfield (Union)

37. Parsippany (Morris)

38. Barnegat (Ocean)

39. Pequannock (Morris)

40. Nutley (Essex)

41. South Brunswick (Middlesex)

42. Roxbury (Morris)

43. West Milford (Passaic)

44. Summit (Union)

45. Lakewood (Ocean)

46. Fair Lawn (Bergen)

47. Middletown (Monmouth)

48. Medford (Burlington)

49. Piscataway (Middlesex)

50. Hazlet (Monmouth)