Home Police, Fire & Courts Study: Brick Is New Jersey’s 142nd Safest City

Study: Brick Is New Jersey’s 142nd Safest City

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Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick’s rates of violent crime and property crime are below the state average, with the township ranking the 142nd-safest city in the state, data released this week showed.

The ranking, published by the National Council For Home Safety and Security, utilized data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report to calculate the safest communities in the state. Brick, with a population of 74,818, according to FBI data, experienced 71 incidents of violent crime and 1,059 incidents of property crime in 2017.

The data showed Brick had an overall violent crime rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents, well below New Jersey’s rate of 2.41. The property crime rate, likewise, was 14.5, below the state average of 14.96.

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The report listed the safest municipality in the state as River Vale, a 4.2 square-mile town of just under 10,000 residents in Bergen County. River Vale had a violent crime rate of 0 and a property crime rate of 2.59.

The least safe municipality was Millville, a town of 28,400 in Cumberland County. Its violent crime rate was 7.91 and its property crime rate was 60.83.

Some municipalities were not ranked in the report due to having a population so low that a solid crime rate could not be established.