FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff were recognized as three of the 50 safest cities in New Jersey by the SafeWise report.
Wyckoff came in at number five, Oakland number 16 and Franklin Lakes number 31 on the list, which identified communities with a population of more than 10,000 people in 2013 and reported complete crime data to the FBI.
"When it comes to fighting crime, communication between law enforcement and citizens is key, and Wyckoff Township does an outstanding job of it," SafeWise said in its survey. "Using Nixle, a notification and engagement platform, citizens receive texts, emails, or calls regarding crime and other public safety issues. As if that system isn’t impressive enough, we were wowed to see that this Bergen County community reported no violent crimes and its property crime rate was 83 percent less than the national average. No wonder the township received the 'Gold Award for Excellent Safety Performance.'"
"Oakland is dedicated to keeping its residents informed. In addition to the borough’s cable TV channel and newsletter, the community also implemented Swift911," SafeWise said about Oakland in the report. "This emergency notification system calls specific people in a given area about events that may affect them. Keeping everyone informed and involved in the community seems to be instilling a sense of pride among residents. That’s probably one reason Oakland’s property crime rate is 78 percent less than national average."
"There’s a lot going on at the Franklin Lakes Police Department. Over the last year, six new patrol vehicles were put into service and officers responded to over 18,000 911 calls," SafeWise said in its survey. "The department also operated a “safe Streets” program and supported a variety of community education forums aimed to address citizens concerns. The Franklin Lakes Police Department’s proactive, community oriented approach to law enforcement appears to be working; its violent crime rate is 50 percent less than the average city on this list."
SafeWise reviewed the latest FBI Crime Report statistics, comparing the number of reported violent crimes (murder, robbery, rape, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) in each city.
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