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How safe is your Bergen County community? According to CreditDonkey.com, a credit card comparison website that publishes data-driven analysis to help consumers make financial decisions, 17 Bergen County municipalities have made their 2016 list of New Jersey's 50 Safest Cities.
NJ's 50 Safest Cities Study Methodology
According to CreditDonkey, one of the predictors of crime is the size of a city. The smaller the city is, the lower crime is likely to be. For their 2016 study, CreditDonkey focused on New Jersey cities with a population of 10,000 residents or more. Next, they took a look at FBI Crime Report data for 2014 to determine the violent and property crime rates for each city. In the violent crime category, they looked at the number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported for the year. For property crimes, burglaries, larcenies, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons were included in their search. To come up with their 2016 50 safest cities, they used four key indicators:
- Number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents
- Number of robberies per 1,000 residents
- Number of property crimes per 1,000 residents
- Number of burglaries per 1,000 residents
In addition to looking at the overall crime rates, Credit Donkey gave special attention to robbery and burglary, which tend to occur more frequently. Using these four criteria, each city was assigned a CreditDonkey safety score. The 50 New Jersey cities that rose to the top as the safest in New Jersey are listed according to their score. A lower safety score rating translated to a higher ranking in the CreditDonkey study.
Bergen County Municipalities on CreditDonkey's Top 50 Safest Cities List
*According to CreditDonkey, if there was a specific city that didn’t make their 2016 rankings, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a safe place. Some cities don’t report their crime data to the FBI, which could be a reason why you’re not seeing your city here.
View the full 2016 CreditDonkey 50 Safest New Jersey Cities here.
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