Middletown Minutes

Middletown Ranked #1 Safest City in New Jersey and 8th in the U.S.

Middletown, NJ was ranked as the #1 safest city in New Jersey and the 8th in the nation, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2017 report, Top 100 Safest Cities in America.

To compile this report, the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the United States, used data from the most recent FBI Crime Reports and local crime reports. The study included 764 cities that met specific standards for inclusion in this ranking.

The average violent crime rate from these cities came out to 108 per 100,000 people, while the average property crime rate was much higher at 1,153 per 100,000 people. As the 8th safest city in America, Middletown has 38 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 754 property crimes per 100,000 people, significantly less than the average rate. The report also acknowledged Middletown’s “many emergency services” and its recent top 10 ranking in Safewise’s 2017 report, The 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child in America.

“We are proud to be recognized as the safest town in New Jersey, and once again named as one of the top 10 safest places to live in the country,” said Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger. “Our Police Chief Craig Weber and the department’s community-oriented approach to policing, coupled with their proactive policing strategies that target crime, are just some of the many reasons they are so deserving of this award.”

TC with MTPD at National Night Out

Pictured from left to right: Committeeman Anthony Fiore, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray, Sgt. Anthony Gigante, Deputy Chief Robert Stefanski, Class II Special Officer TJ Mercantante, Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger and Committeeman Stephen Massell at the Emergency Services Unit equipment display, including a remote control robot.

Community Supports Middletown Township Police Department's First National Night Out 

The Middletown Township Police Department had a great turnout at their first National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1st. Hundreds of residents stopped by with their children to check out the police vehicle and equipment display, K-9 demonstrations, DWI simulation course, Ident-A-Kid fingerprinting kits, the Mini Horse Heroes' miniature therapy horse, and more. Township Committee members also stopped by to show their support.

Middletown Township Public Library Offers Community Spaces for Private Events

With a room capacity of 150 people, the MTPL’s Community Room may be the ideal space for residents to host private events such as birthday parties, fundraising events, business meetings, and other private gatherings during weekend hours when the library will be closed to the public. Fees run from $150 for a 2-hour rental to $300 for a 4-hour rental, making this an affordable option for residents seeking a large space to hold a weekend event.

More information and the rental application are available on the library’s website at www.mtpl.org

Check out our calendar to view other upcoming events. 

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