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Hillsborough Places Among NJ's Safest Towns

Website praises Hillsborough schools and Park and Recreation programs, while touted the township's low violent crime rate.

Safewise puts Hillsborough at no. 19 on its list of New Jersey's safest towns. Credit: Safewise.com
Safewise puts Hillsborough at no. 19 on its list of New Jersey's safest towns. Credit: Safewise.com
There are lots of words used to describe Hillsborough, 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. 19, Hillsborough Township.  

The site praises "delightful" Hillsborough's "innovative school programming" and "diverse recreational opportunities," and said the ranking is based on the low number of violent crimes reported in 2011.  

"The community of nearly 40,000 reported just 10 violent crimes to authorities in 2011," the post said.

Safewise also didn't miss Hillsborough school's partnership with Google, ading the district schools "were among the first in the nation to incorporate Google Play into the classroom."
 
And the site said reading the offerings by the Parks and Recreation Department will have many people yearning to move to Hillsborough.

"Take one peek at the Hillsborough Department of Parks and Recreation website and you’ll be ordering the moving van," the site said. "We’re particularly impressed that as a Hillsborough resident, you’re granted access to the forward thinking Therapeutic Recreation programs that provide engaging and valuable recreation and leisure opportunities to people with developmental disabilities."
MT January 24, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Thanks for the feedback I can see there are concerned residents in the boro. I don't live in the condo's but that could be a spot too. One of the 'trap' houses that I know of is not far from the police station, nice neighborhood with families that have small children and a cul-du-sac at the end of the street. It's not always the low-income area's any more. And It's not that the parents are not around, it goes on in the 'good homes' too. Now days it is the 'good' kids that just 'try it one time' and get sucked in. It's very sad really, but I guess we cant stop it at the border of our town either they will find it if they want it. I'm hoping to just educate people so that if they do see it (even at home) they can realize it might not be 'just kids being kids' it might be a bigger problem. Maybe if people are aware of it we can at least make sure it does not get any worse. And maybe the police do have a plan but how long does it take (it's been about two years that I know of) for them to make a move? Why cant they use the k-9 dogs at the HHS? Why cant they check for drugs when they brake up a weekend party with underage drinking (I can guarantee there are drugs at the parties too)? Everyone just looks the other way. If the drugs increase the crime rate will also increase.
watchful one January 24, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Mr. Patten, in the past, the Patch printed the names of 18, 19 and 20-year-old adults who have been nabbed for underage drinking/ possession of alcohol, but I see in the December 3, 2013 story that this is no longer the case. Is this your new policy? Printing the names may help serve as a deterrent. It couldn't hurt.
John Patten January 24, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Our policy has changed, and DWI and minor drug arrests are no longer reported, except in cases where other charges are included (such as after an accident caused by the DWI, or possession of a large quantity of drugs for sale).
Vinny Gotalot January 24, 2014 at 08:51 PM
So posting names on patch will deter people from drinking and getting behind the wheel.. Seriously people. Too funny
MT February 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
John, would you be interested in coming to a Hillsborough-Millstone Alliance meeting to hear what we are trying to do for the Boro? Next Meeting is March the 14th 9am at the Municipal building. It all starts with informing the people and that is what the Patch does right? Thanks.

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