The township topped a new ranking based on crime data and safety initiatives in towns across the state.

By Jessica Mazzola (Patch Staff)

Mahwah is the safest town in New Jersey, according to a ranking released this week by SafeWise, an online security and crime data review website.

The township topped the site’s “50 Safest Communities in New Jersey” list.

“Mahwah…not only boasts amazing natural beauty, but also a well earned reputation as welcoming and safe,” 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 noted zero murders, rapes, robberies or arsons reported in the township in the 2011 crime report. It also pointed out the township’s “first-rate” school system, available open space, and high number of housing and employment opportunities.

The ranking called the Mahwah Police Department, “particularly impressive” and “forward thinking,” using the Mahwah Delivers App as an example.

“Using the app, citizens can conveniently report zoning violations, service requests and other concerning conditions,” it said.

Local officials Monday said they were proud of the ranking and comments made in the list.

“That’s what people look for in a town, good schools and a good police department,” Mayor Bill Laforet said.

“We have both. I am proud to be mayor of such a great community.”

Laforet also commended the police department, and said he was “glad the App and the efforts to keep Mahwah safe and informed are getting recognized.”

Only two other Bergen County towns made the top 10 – Dumont at Number 6 and Bergenfield at Number 8.

See the full list here.