South Brunswick's crime rate is among the lowest among communities of comparable size in the state, prompting one study to name the township one of the top 50 safest communities in New Jersey.
A report from SafeWise examined crime rates in communities throughout New Jersey to find locations where people would want to live. StreetWise found a similar characteristics among the 50 communities on the list, which included diversity and a commitment to "engaging community programming."
The report from SafeWise described South Brunswick as follows:
The benefits of South Brunswick are bountiful. It’s safe, reporting less than 20 aggravated assaults to law enforcement, religiously diverse and offers a plethora of parks of every size and type. In fact, there are 23 developed parks and trails in South Brunswick.
"The report only confirms what we already know – we live in a great community," Mayor Frank Gambatese said. "Our low crime rate is a result of the great partnership between our police and the community. It is a tribute to the hard work of all the men and women in the police department and the leadership of Chief Raymond Hayducka."
An analysis by Patch last year also looked at state police crime reports from 2011 and 2012 to find the towns with more than 40,000 people that also had the lowest violent crime rates. South Brunswick finished seventh on that list.
"Our commitment to the community and maintaining the quality of life is paramount in all that we do. said Chief Raymond Hayducka. "Our officers work hard to detect and deter crime in every aspect of what they do. It is only with an active community working with our department that we can continue to reduce crime.”