Hopatcong, Sparta Rank in Top-10 of NJ's Safest Communities

Both communities were rated partially on their crime statistics and found to be among the state's safest.

Sailing on Lake Hopatcong. (File photo)
Sailing on Lake Hopatcong. (File photo)
Both Hopatcong and Sparta were given high honors in a top 50 list of New Jersey's safest communities.

Both communities ranked in the top ten on the list put out by Safewise, an Internet site that rates home security systems.  Sparta was second on the list, being edged out by Mahwah, which was first on the ranking. Hopatcong was just five rankings below Sparta, at a respectable seven on the list.

Safewise came up with the list by combining statistics from the FBI’s 2011 Crime in the U.S. Report with their own "comprehensive investigation" to come up with the listing. Communities who made the list had 15,000 residents or more as of 2011, the company said.

In Sparta, Safeguard extolled Lake Mohawk and 11 private lake communities: "people who move to Sparta rarely leave."  Less than 20 burglaries were reported in Sparta in 2011, the report said, citing FBI stats.

Hopatcong received equal praise from the Safeguard ranking. The borough "enjoys distinction as a safe place to raise a family. No arsons, murders, rapes or robberies were reported to law enforcement in 2011." 

The rest of the Safeguard report is at this link. 

Do you agree with Safeguard's assessment that Hopatcong and Sparta are among the Top Ten Safest Communities in New Jersey? Post your thoughts below.

Rich Smith January 21, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Tammy, you got that right, we’ll never be the glamour spot of the East. Just a nice little town with problems like all other little towns.
Rich Smith January 21, 2014 at 01:51 PM
YES, I do agree with the assessment and those who don’t can go down to Paterson and see what bad really is. Or, better yet, read news from Southern California if you want to hear about senseless crimes and bad government. Let’s not turn this report into another Hopatcong cop/Mayor/council bashing opportunity. Obviously, the cops are doing more than giving out tickets, and the council and mayor are behind them. The people of Hopatcong, and Sparta, have reason to be proud of their towns and motivation to keep it going. Congratulations Hopatcong. Keep Hopatcong the best little town in the state.
Eyeballs January 21, 2014 at 03:08 PM
boy o boy... you clowns are dumber than "donkeys on steroids"... this is a "ginned up" assessment... hopatcong sucks... you know it and so does everyone else... throw the lazy liberals out of town... too many lazy bums around here... thank you...
Afro Maniac January 21, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Eyeballs another ignorant one "ginned up" how is this,explain your facts that support your claim? Open your "EyeBalls" and face the fact that Hopatcong is a great place to live and police are doing their job . Do us and everyone else a favor know make sense next time you speak cause you sound like and uneducated turd !!
BeachBum January 21, 2014 at 04:55 PM
@Tammy - I am sure you have heard the saying "Build it and they will come" Take a look at Sparta's Lake Mohawk area on the water with several profitable restaurants and eateries/stores that are thriving and not just from residents, from out of town individuals because they offer quality unlike Hopatcongs business's that come in and disappear within a few months
Eyeballs January 21, 2014 at 05:40 PM
if you believe hopatcong is a great place to live... good for you... i enjoy my low property taxes myself... thank you...
Afro Maniac January 21, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Why the hell do you continue to bash Hopatcong if you don't even live here . Are the taxes high yes does not mean it's a bad place to live . I can't stand people like you now that we no you don't even live here your thoughts and comments are meaningless . Go on the patch where you live in this drug free low tax heaven of town .
Tammy January 21, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Beachbum--You are missing one important fact---people travel through Sparta's Lake Mohawk area to get to other places. In these tough economic times not many people can risk building in hopes that if they do people will come. Unless of course you intend on using it for your more profitable drug business ;)
Afro Maniac January 21, 2014 at 08:25 PM
The sewer I smell comes from this tool Eyeballs what a joke of a human . Hey let's go on another towns patch and rip that town . Go back and hide behind your sissy name tool bag .
Eyeballs January 21, 2014 at 08:50 PM
in the interest of peace... let us pray... amen... thank you...
ocean111 January 22, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Eyeballs, how is Camden making out. Not on this list but was on the top Heroin towns...
Roll Back Our Tax January 22, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Afro Maniac.....get involved in your community. If you attended the land use board meeting on the 21st you'd know there is a "plan" to demolish Arrowcrest Motel. But like everything else "planned" in Hopatcong it will come to a screeching halt when they find out from NJDOT that the River Styx bridge can't support both the weight of the water line and the new sewer line they would have to put in for MLH Investments LLC to service Block 31606 Lot 21, 22, 28 67 on Ithanell Rd and Block 31605 Lot 14 on 469 River Styx Rd. Proposed Plan would be to demolish the Arrowcrest Motel & associated buildings & construct an 85 unit townhouse, clubhouse & docks.
BeachBum January 22, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Who in Hopatcong enjoys paying that $322.50 a quarter for residential sewer - Residents never appealed the rate and continue to keep paying for Hopatcongs disaster sewer project that was NEVER completed and the lawsuits that followed
Afro Maniac January 22, 2014 at 08:05 AM
That quarterly bill is BS thank god I live over on the Stanhope side and don't have to pay it . I have a sewer or I would be very upset . Also @Roll back Taxes thank you for info . Is this Feb 21 and what is happening is it getting voted down ? That idea sounds great I'm all for getting that thrash out of our town . I know every town has section 8 but I have seen some very nice section 8 units in basking ridge or Randolph why can't we get them to instead of those the ashy apartments .
Roll Back Our Tax January 22, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Afro Maniac...that will be your mission to find out.
Afro Maniac January 22, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Yea I'm taking care of our youth 5 nights a week keeping them on the right path. I'm not asking to play detective Apparently you know a lot about this issue which I commend . All I'm asking is the month so if your looking for more support you asking me to figure it out doesn't help our community or either one of us . I'm willing to show up listen and go from there .
BeachBum January 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Land Use meeting in Hopatcong isnt till Feb. They have no agenda for any new plan for the eye sores that sit lakefront - Dont worry Hopatcong, what you got now is all you'll ever get - dying business as well as the lower River Styx and the lakefront will remain "AS IS"
Eyeballs January 22, 2014 at 04:56 PM
the lower river styx area ought to be utilized as a cemetery... great view of the lake... thank you...
ocean111 January 23, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Eyeballs is always on here putting Hopatcong down. The reason is because Camden doesn't have Patch, go figure
Frazure January 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM
EYEBALLS - What DO you suggest for River Styx? With the exception of long term vacancy issues of Fuerstien's Tavern, former Mad House location and the River Styx Grille (known problem), all store fronts are filled and doing well, many of them for years. In this area we have 3 quality restaurants, one public school, a florist, thrift shop, hairdresser, marina x 2, auto repair shop, church/synagogue, dry cleaner, 2 deli/convenience stores, a day care center, a music recording studio, a small business office, the privately owned beach area on the cove that opens membership to the public.....Is there a small parcel of municipally owned land here that you want to see developed?? What would you develop?? I pass through here daily and frequent many of the businesses. Demolition of the dumpy motel, Annex and 4 unit apt. bldg. behind the annex would certainly improve the area, but beyond that, what the hell is it you are looking for??? Why don't you offer a plan or suggestion? Up till now, you've just been spouting a lot of hot air.
Tammy January 24, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Hi Frazure--Last week we drove by 'Stien's (as we used to called it) and noticed that the for sale sign also said "Under Contract"!!!! Hopefully, after all these years, there will be something successful there!!!
Deborah Bell (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Hi, Tammy, what is "Stien's"?
Tammy January 24, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Hi Deborah-'Stiens is what those of us who grew up in town refer to Fuerstien's Tavern as.
Emily January 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
wow. That's going way back. In fact right next door was Van's market.This was a quaint town with loads of possibilities. I remember so many things that River Styx used to be. I know progress has a way of diminishing things, but I also believe that the people in charge at that particular time had absolutely no vision of what it could be. Now look at what it's become, a political blunder. Thanks for that little bit of memories Tammy.
Tammy January 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Good Morning Emily--Do you remember when "Twist on Thai" was an arcade? I grew up in "The Heights" so I wasn't there much but I think the owner or the gentleman that ran it was Bill? I also remember when the nail salon next to the Hob Nob was Jeff's Deli!!!!!! The church by the State Park was The Village Barn.............
Roll Back Our Tax January 26, 2014 at 06:56 AM
River Styx area will never be developed until the EPA cleans up the benzene in that area. Condos will never be built unless they build bigger bridge to support the weight of a sewer line. EOS!
Emily January 26, 2014 at 08:11 AM
HI Tammy. the arcade was the parking lot of Hudson Maxim and Jeff's deli used to be Taylors store. The thai place used to be Eddie Moeck's and the corner was Rossi' law office. The florist shop was once a tea place and later became The cat n the fiddle gift shop. Next door to that was the post office. The grotto was there next to that was the ice house. We would come up every week-end and go there to get a block of ice for our ice box, now called a refrigerator. I guess I'm showing my age but I could just keep going. it was nice and can be again if the town gave River Sty another chance.
BeachBum January 26, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Your right roll back and the lower river styx will remain as it is, a dead zone for a depressed financially strapped town
Clay Thomas January 26, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Do lakes have tsunami's? Not sure but we could one to wipe away that whole eyesore. Either that or call it what it is...Newark by the lake! How about a disaster theme park? Just a concept. You're welcome.
Leon Hoffacker January 26, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Community growth is in River styx as well as town center south of it; churches, child & feeding center,1st aid squad & firehouse north--all needed for community growth & satisfaction. usem or losem.


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