Ridgewood Named 6th Safest City in United States

Neighborhood research site NeighborhoodScout has named Ridgewood one of the top 100 safest cities in America.

Ridgewood is one of the ten safest cities in America, according to NeighborhoodScout, a website that tracks crime, schools and real estate data for communities across the country.

The village finished 6th in NeighborhoodScout's annual list of the Safest Cities in America, which was compiled using 2011 Uniform Crime Report data and released last month. Ridgewood was not included in last year's rankings, as previous census figures had the village with a population just below the 25,000 cut off.

"I'm proud of our designation, but certainly not surprised," Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. "Ridgewood is a community in the truest sense of the word, and we have a first-rate police force."

"The governing body sets a very high standard in terms of safety and it's constantly working with staff to keep the focus on individual safety," added Village Manager Ken Gabbert. "We have excellent staff and excellent technology in place. From a police standpoint, we're a nationally accredited police force. So it's good news."

Ridgewood's was down slightly from its 8.9 in 2010. It is far lower than the New Jersey and national averages.

According to NeighborhoodScout, the safest neighborhoods in Ridgewood, in descending order, are the southwest side of Ridgewood (Woodland/N.Monroe area); the norhwest area around Williard; the Somerville area on the east side; the B.F./Travell section around E. Glen and Maple; and finally, the downtown.

Three other Bergen County municipalities also made NeighborhoodScout's 2013 Safest Cities list – Fair Lawn (39th), Fort Lee (27th), and Bergenfield (2nd).

Franklin, Mass. was named the safest city in the country for 2013, an honor NeighborhoodScout bestowed upon Bergenfield last year.

The website calculates its rankings based on the total number of index crimes per 1,000 residents living in a city. Cities must have populations of at least 25,000 to be considered.

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Steve Freides February 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Edward Sullivan February 21, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Ridgewood was awarded an outstanding rating because the overall crime rate throughout the Village is very low. Instead of carping about bad drivers and predestian safety in the CBD focus on the fact that Ridgewood is a very safe community in which to to live and raise your children. Our focus should be on thanking the Ridgewood PD for their great work in keeping our town one of the safest in the country.
RdwdGrGuy1 February 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Does anyone here realize that the CBD is around a quarter mile long? The village is 6 sq miles. You expect cops to ignore the remaining 5.75 sq miles and focus all of their attention in the commercial section? To answer one discrepancy, yes, it is the pedestrians fault a considerable more time them it is the drivers. A vehicle traveling at 25 mph (speed limit) takes upwards of 100 ft or so to safely stop?? Just guessing here but that would mean that a car would need to begin stopping at chestnut street to completely stop before oak street to allow a pedestrian to cross? Hmmm interesting.... How about the fact that a pedestrian is struck roughly every three months or so. If you consider that 1000+ people a day for roughly 90 days crosses that intersection without being hit. It's a 1 in 90,000 chance of possibly running into an issue because you don't allow cars to stop for you before crossing. I see cops in town every day almost all day. I also hear a lot of sirens and on occasion listen to their walkie talkies via my scanner. The RPD is busy! They respond to upwards of 25,000 calls a year. That's 68.5 calls a day or 6 calls per hour. Or one call every ten minutes. Despite this.... They still do pull cars over for violations. Good job RPD!!! I personally think you're doing just fine.
Matt Allen February 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM
This has nothing to do with Ridgewood PD. You can eliminate it and nothing with change wrt crimes. Ridgewood is a uniformly wealthy segregated town that is surrounded by other towns which are also similar, if not as wealthy. That is all there is to the crime story. All the towns surrounding Ridgewood would rank similar or better has they cleared the population threshold of 25k.
Karen March 03, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Over and over again in Ridgewood, I see pedestrians "daring" the cars to hit them. While it is right and honorable (and the law) to stop your car for a crossing pedestrian IN THE CROSSWALK, the walkers have taken this on as their God given right to do whatever they want while crossing, many times not teaching their children to stop, look and listen before crossing, many times not crossing in designated areas, many times taking their sweet time to cross, all with no regard for the traffic! The pedestrians are contributing to the problem.


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