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Madison Among Top 10 Safest Towns in NJ

Borough enjoys 'welcoming ambiance, low crime and an ideal location,' SafeWise ranking says.

"In addition to a welcoming ambiance, low crime and an ideal location, you’ll also enjoy access to a dynamic array of art and culture in Madison, New Jersey," SafeWise ranking says. Credit: Jake Remaly
"In addition to a welcoming ambiance, low crime and an ideal location, you’ll also enjoy access to a dynamic array of art and culture in Madison, New Jersey," SafeWise ranking says. Credit: Jake Remaly

Madison is among the top 10 safest towns in New Jersey, according to a ranking released this week by SafeWise, an online security and crime data review website.

The borough ranked No. 9 on the site’s “50 Safest Communities in New Jersey” list of towns with at least 15,000 residents.

“Newcomers will have no trouble feeling right at home in Madison’s quintessential downtown distinct, complete with a Main Street featuring locally owned and operated shops,” the ranking—which was based on the FBI’s 2011 Crime in the U.S. Report and the site’s investigation into safety initiatives in towns across the state—said.

The ranking also pointed out the borough's sense of volunteerism, residents' ability to walk and bike around town, and "a dynamic array of art and culture."

The Madison Police Department acknowledged the ranking on its Facebook page.

"The Rose City was ranked the ninth safest community in the State," the department said. "The Police Department of course is not satisfied until we're number one."

See the full list here.

Mikey D January 23, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Thanks, MPD.
MaxDuPont January 23, 2014 at 01:27 PM
@Mikey D: Huh? Thanking overstaffed MPD ... for what exactly? Sitting around while nothing happens? The entire town - residents, schools, businesses and administration need to be thanked for creating and maintaining a peaceful atmosphere. MPD is only a small part of the town, no need to single them out as if they were heroes or something.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III January 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM
@Max - I disagree. Have you ever actually met or spoken with a single Madison Police Officer? They give a darn - and they are very good at what they do. Please don't minimize the people that pull more than their fair share of the burden to keep this town great.
Mikey D January 23, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Funny, Max. When I call 911 at 0200, Ray Codey, a public school teacher nor a local business owner or resident shows up within a few minutes, ready to deal with whatever they encounter, their lives on the line. But wait, this is Madison, we're all VERY important businessmen, we're immune from crime. Don't you know what I make a year? I'm impervious to burglery, home invasions, or car jackings. Typical. Thanks (again) MPD. Front line keeping us safe.
MaxDuPont January 23, 2014 at 05:45 PM
@Aladdin and @MikeyD: We can agree to disagree. Madison is safe and we're all happy about that. The police do their jobs well and get paid for it, but they are no different than police in similar towns. I see no reason to pay special homage to them. As long as neighbors care about and look out for one another as we do in Madison, that is more important than a police presence. The front line sits comfortably behind a white-elephant building, and responds efficiently to calls for help - as they should. But don't pretend they are on the "front lines" thwarting violent criminals and burglars, who fortunately are, for the most part, non-existent in our nice town.
Paul Rogers January 23, 2014 at 08:34 PM
While we are talking about the Police, how about the work of the Madison Fire Department and the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps? While they are not charged with keeping the town "safe" per se with regards to crime, they DO keep us safe from fire and provide outstanding service to the residents of Madison in their time of need. And the VAST majority of these folks are volunteers that are incredibly dedicated and also terrible underrated. Kudos to these men and women as well.
ProudAmerican January 23, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Madison is a great town. Regardless of one's economic status, they can feel welcome. That said, more than ever, we must keep our guard up. The ramifications of Obama's economy is inching closer and closer. Short Hills experienced that recently.
MaxDuPont January 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM
@proud: your comment is irrelevant and divisive. I cannot imagine someone like you has anything to be proud of.
BeardedMike January 24, 2014 at 07:37 AM
@Max: how much time have you spent with the cops here in Madison? Ever spent the day with them? Ever gone on a ride along? It is something any resident can do. You sure talk as if you have a lot of knowledge about this issue. I think you would be surprised at what happens here in town, and how busy the police are on a daily basis. As to how much or how little crime prevention police do in general, statistics and research do not support your conclusion that police don't have much of an effect. You referenced a "white elephant" building. Sure sounds like you live in an ivory tower yourself. @Paul Rogers: nice sentiment, I agree wholeheartedly. PS-loved you in Bad Company. ;)
KeepItReal January 24, 2014 at 09:18 AM
@ProudAmerican: You do realize that unemployment in NJ is at its lowest rate (7.3%) in 5 years, right? national unemployment is even lower at 6.7%. So how do you back up your spurious claim that "Obama's economy" is to blame for this isolated act of violence? You probably also think that because it's really cold outside your house today that means that global warming isn't a reality. Meanwhile, NOAA has reported that last year was the highest average global temperature of the 134 years of records that have been kept. Talk about myopic!
MaxDuPont January 24, 2014 at 09:29 AM
@beardedmike: did I not say that the police do a fine job as they should? I'm not dissing mpd, just not willing to pay homage to them or attribute low crime rates entirely to them. I don't need to spend a day with them, I pay their salaries and they do their jobs as public servants, for which I am thankful. But I am even more thankful for the neighbors and residents of my town who are primarily responsible for making it safe.
DidUReallyJustSayThat January 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM
@NOTkeepingItReal - Job growth has not driven down the rate of unemployment, people giving up has - http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/forget-the-unemployment-rate-the-alarming-stat-is-the-number-of-missing-workers-20130503 and http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/10/december-jobs-report-only-74000-added-525000-leave-work-force/ Since the start of the Recession, the Obama administration has done everything possible to stymie economic growth in the private sector. Obamacare, Keystone, EPA Regs, NLRB Rulings, etc., so this is the ObamaEconomy. Oh, and NOAA ranked last year as the 4th warmest, and NASA had it as 7th, not #1. Both also show that temps have leveled out in the past decade. So you might want to check your sources, or glasses.
KeepItReal January 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM
@DURJST: Hmm, citing NationalJournal and HotAir doesn't lend objective support to your argument. Please tell me exactly where an "Obama Economy" is defined and why the rest of our federal government is not to blame for it, just the POTUS. Oh, and the fact that I mistakenly used November 2013 NOAA figures instead of Annual figures doesn't mean there isn't an issue. Nice job picking at nits, there. 37 consecutive years of above average global temps is somewhat of a trend, dontchathink?
DidUReallyJustSayThat January 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM
@DefinitelyNOTkir - You might want to actually read the National Journal or review its website. It is NOT a conservative publication. As for the Prez, when does this become the ObamaEconomy? 6 years, 7, 8, Never? As for the Federal Government, Obama runs most of it and is using it to his advantage, and our economic detriment. Here's the Global Temp chart - http://s.imwx.com/dru/2014/01/0818b95b-c905-47a0-bb8d-38583b5e8be1_366h.jpg Not sure how you can't see that the temp is about six-tenths of one degree Celsius above the 1951 - 1980 average, which is an arbitrary point-in-time anyway to set the "average", but it's been fluctuating around that level for the past 10 - 15 years - i.e., "Global Warming" seems to be more like "Global Temp Status Quo," dontchthink?
MaxDuPont January 24, 2014 at 02:10 PM
@DURJST and @KIR: Off topic, for sure. Each side can throw their favored talking points, doesn't change anything real. Besides, if you're just responding to the silly proud troll, and fall for that kind of nonsense, just realize that NJ is Christie's economy first. Enough said.
KeepItReal January 24, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Dearest Max, Measurable Data = Real. "Talking Points" <> Real. Who made you the mod, anyway?

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