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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."
Vinny Gotalot January 21, 2014 at 04:32 PM
That is because we have a well established police department with officers that are concerned about the residents of this town. From the Chief on down the men and women of HPD are great. Not only that but we have strong fire and ems departments as well. People should be grateful.
MT January 23, 2014 at 04:32 PM
I would be grateful if the well established police department would get rid of the drug problem here in the boro. People in other towns are now coming here to get their drugs because it is known. The k-9 unit should be at HHS at least once a week, that is where anyone can get anything. There are a few houses here that are selling drugs to our children and the police know exactly where they are. So happy we are 'safe' from the violent crimes but that does not mean it's safe. It's just like every other town...sadly people only talk about the good stuff until it effects them personally.
Vinny Gotalot January 23, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Hey MT being that you are a wealth of knowledge and know about the drug problem and have identified the sourcing of these illicit drugs why don't you go to the police department or even better the prosecutors office and tell him. Your so concerned about the society you live in speak up. Especially the houses that you know are dealing. Another fine concerned citizen of Hillsborough...
MT January 24, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Good morning, Great Idea Vinny. But I have done that and was told that they already know about it. For some 'legal' reasons they cannot do anything. Sadly mostly people do not even see this happening in there own neighborhoods until it effects them. So one of the "Best places to live in America" and the HS is nick-named "Heroin High". When I thought about moving I was told that it is everywhere, and NJ is rated one of the highest for drug overdose's in the USA. I don't know who else to talk to about it but I do speak up when I can.
Vinny Gotalot January 24, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Look at the crime statistics at www.fbi.gov it pretty much tells it all.
John Patten (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Hillsborough High School has long been called "Heroin High" by some of the students—heroin is certainly present, as it is at all area high schools and communities, but there is nothing to suggest the township has a greater problem than other similar towns (I've heard nearly all schools I've covered referred to in the same way by some). If police haven't moved on suspected drug dealers they are aware of, then most likely an investigation is underway that will eventually come to a close. New Jersey may indeed be highest for drug overdoses—that doesn't mean Hillsborough is. Do you think police and schools have failed to address the issues is any specific ways?
gracie15 January 24, 2014 at 09:23 AM
There are a few houses along Amwell and New Amwell Road that appear to be abandoned. Could this be what one commentator was referring to as "drug houses"? There has been quite a bit of vandalism in my development this past summer. When the police are called, they stated that they cannot do anything. Sometimes I feel terrorized by these kids on skateboards and hanging out. They have terrorized our pools and our back yards. I suppose their parents do not have any control over them. But I think we need a neighborhood watch. There are things happening in Hillsborough that should be addressed.
John Patten (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Do you live in one of the condo developments? Several do have Neighborhood Watch programs—police can help with that, if there have been problems.
centurion January 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I think the true colors of the HPD were shown when they let the number of police officers be reduced because of their greed.
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 (Editor) 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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