"For violent crime and property crime, we calculated the number of
transgressions per resident," according to the report. "In order to determine a resident's chances
of being the victim of a crime, we used the total number of crimes in
the city. Then, we ranked each city from one to 238 across the three
criteria. The lower the number was, the better the city's score."
Chatham Township, with a population of about 11,000, was the only municipality in the study with no violent crimes and just 46 property crimes in 2012, according to the report.
other words, that's just a 1 in 223 chance for residents to be the
victim of any crime, and that is pretty darn in impressive," the report states.
Nearby Florham Park and Bernards Township also made the top-10:
1. Chatham Township 2. Mahwah 3. Sparta 4. Bernards 5. Hasbrouck Heights 6. Berkeley Heights 7. Florham Park 8. Ringwood 9. Tenafly 10. Lincoln Park
Asbury Park was considered the state's least-safest community with 2012 stats showing 1,491 crimes, 344 of which were violent, Movoto reported. The 16,625 residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being a victim of a crime, according to the report.
In addition to Asbury Park, Camden, Atlantic City, Irvington and Bridgeton were the state's most dangerous communities, each with more than 1,000 crimes in 2012, according to Movoto.