People who live in Lakewood are not surprised. Among 764 qualifying cities, Lakewood Township has been named one if the top safest cities in America. In its official report of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America, The National Council for Home Safety and Security, made up of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries, noted that Lakewood, number 63 out of 100, has a comparatively low crime rate and many places in the township for everyone to enjoy safely.
Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “How come we’re not Number One!?! Just about everyone who lives in Lakewood knows what a beautiful, safe town it is. I have lived and worked in Lakewood for 29 years. My wife and I have raised our family here so I feel qualified to say that we are fortunate to be residents of Lakewood.”
Lauren Johnson, a media relations specialist for National Council for Home Safety and Security, pointed out in the report that Lakewood with a population of more than 95,000 has only 178 violent crimes and only 1,124 property crimes per 100,000.
Lakewood Police Chief Gregory Meyer noted that the Lakewood Police Department, which just celebrated its 115th birthday, achieved N.J. State accreditation having met more than 105 standards of daily operations of current Law Enforcement.
Chief Meyer said, “There is a certain pride one has in saying that they work for the Lakewood Police Department that cannot be described, making me extremely proud to be serving as their Chief.”
In addition to a police force of 200—135 officers, five Class 2 special officers, 21 dispatchers, 19 clerical personnel, and crossing guards that keep Lakewood safe, Lakewood has many attractions. Lakewood offers its residents several park and recreational grounds for fishing, boating, picnics, tennis, and hiking trails: Lake Shenandoah Park, Ocean County Park, Pine Park and Lake Carasaljo. Lakewood also boasts seven free playgrounds, the family oriented BlueClaws baseball stadium, the historic Strand Theater, a township owned municipal airport, and the Lakewood Historical Museum.