There are lots of words used to describe Hazlet, and now residents can add another: safe.
That's the determination of Safewise, a home security website that recently compiled a list of New Jersey's 50 safest communities— including no. 50, Hazlet.
“Hazlet might be a small community, but its healthy programming makes a big impression. Yoga, T’ai Chi Chih, kickboxing, and Zumba are just a few of the classes Hazlet’s Recreation Department offers,” the article read.
Mayor James Dinardo said Hazlet has always been known for the activities it offers, and the sense of community its residents have. He said comes as a result of a town filled with people that care and look out for each other.
He commended the Hazlet Police Department as guided by the steady hand of Chief James Broderick and said the police force and its sense of community is part of what makes Hazlet a safe place to live.
“That’s a big factor for me. Jimmy is a long-time resident of Hazlet and I commend the police force, because this is a reflection of them, and the neighborhood we have, and how our neighbors look out for each other,” Mayor Dinardo said about the report.
SafeWise came up with this list after pairing data from the FBI’s 2011 Crime in the U.S. Report with it’s own research. The result is a list of the top 50 safest communities in New Jersey, with 15,000 residents or more as of 2011.
The report also noted the township’s proximity to a variety of fun, family oriented activities.
“Need more family outings? Jump on the Garden State Parkway and held to New York City for a weekend adventure, or tickle your toes in the sand at one of New Jersey’s famous beaches. When you get a Hazlet address, you’ll be surrounded by a safe community, welcoming folks and endless recreation,” said the report.
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