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Fair Lawn Named 49th Safest City in United States

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

Even as index crimes reached a four-year high in 2011, Fair Lawn remained one of the safest cities in America, according to NeighborhoodScout, a website that tracks crime, schools and real estate data for communities across the country.

The borough finished 49th in NeighborhoodScout's annual list of the Safest Cities in America, which was compiled using 2011 Uniform Crime Report data and released last month. In 2012, Fair Lawn finished 37th in the rankings.

Police Chief Erik Rose sent a memo to the borough manager and council informing them of Fair Lawn's safest city distinction.

"Despite what some naysayer’s would like to promote," Rose wrote. "The members of Fair Lawn Police Department are and have been working hard and doing their jobs in an exemplary manner."

Fair Lawn's rate of 12.5 index crimes per 1,000 residents in 2011 was up slightly from its decade-low 11.9 crimes per 1,000 in 2010, but still far lower than the New Jersey and national averages.

According to NeighborhoodScout -- which splits the borough into five distinct segments -- the safest neighborhoods in Fair Lawn in descending order are Radburn, Berdan Avenue/River Road, Borough Center, Warren Point and Morlot Avenue/Saddle River Road.

NeighborhoodScout presented the borough with a certificate that "honors not only the accomplishments of your police force, but also a community bonded in prideful citizenship," to commemorate Fair Lawn's Top 100 ranking.

Three other Bergen County municipalities also made NeighborhoodScout's 2013 Safest Cities list -- Fort Lee (27th), Ridgewood (6th) 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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Stuart Pace February 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Congrats Chief! Congrats Capt. Cook. Congrats all the men and women of the FLPD. Keep up the good work. Next year, #1!
Go Figure February 14, 2013 at 01:23 AM
What a great honor for the officers of our town. I don't get the congrats to the Chief and Cpt. though. I thought they had a no confidence vote in their leadership last year and there are a myriad of other problems and law suits involving them. At least they found a cheer leader.
wall.flower February 14, 2013 at 04:11 AM
There's that agenda again!
Stuart Pace February 14, 2013 at 04:16 AM
funny thing about lawsuits. The paper usually gets the info wrong.
Chris February 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Proud to live in a town with an excellent police force. Congratulations to the folks in the FLPD that keep us safe!
wall.flower February 14, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Stuart, please enlighten us on what info "the paper " got wrong. While you are at it ; tell which paper and of course, which lawsuit.
LENNY February 14, 2013 at 01:55 PM
great leaders lead by example and the people they lead would go to hell and back for them. first thing the mlitary teaches you. lead by example .when the people under your leadership show no confidence you have a problem.
Anthony Iozzia February 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Great job by FLPD, as usual! A great group of the finest and hardest working officers in the country.
Me February 14, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Damn Jim Jones for making us drop 12 spots.
Stuart Pace February 14, 2013 at 04:53 PM
wall, it's weird that my congratulations to the fine officers of the FLPD has got you upset.
Stuart Pace February 14, 2013 at 04:53 PM
lol
wall.flower February 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM
No Stuart, you made a statement about wrong information in response to " Go Figure" and I simply asked for you to enlighten us. Instead, you've decided to spin it ! So...do you have information for us or was that a spin too?
Stuart Pace February 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
keep your eyes on the Patch. Its coming.
wall.flower February 15, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Yea, the check's in the mail
Stuart Pace February 15, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Call me for details....

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