Is Hamilton Township Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On June 17, 2023
Hamilton Township, United States
Safety Index:
72
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
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Hamilton Township in Mercer County, New Jersey, is a suburb of the Trenton area and tucked between New York City and Philadelphia.

This township is filled with many different sub-towns and neighborhoods but lacks a central part like a downtown.

It’s rich with parks, history, and gardens.

In spring, you can smell the blooms in the air.

It’s also just 10 miles from the Ivy League Princeton University.

The area exudes history with Revolutionary War sites dotting the landscape, but still making this township feel like home.

Fully exploring Hamilton takes you through many eras of American History and the modern amenities required to compete with such big cities nearby.

The cultural melting pot of the community is reflected in its art and cuisine.

Visiting Hamilton Township is an exciting adventure, but there are stark differences between this town and nearby Trenton.

NOTE:

Hamilton Township is in Mercer County and should not be confused with the other Hamilton Township, 56 miles away in Atlantic County.

Warnings & Dangers in Hamilton Township

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

There's a low overall risk here, but that only goes for this particular township. Trenton is a whole different story.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

You can use NJ Transit to get around, call a taxi or rideshare, or get a rental car. All options are low-risk.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

This is a low risk, with an average of four pickpockets or purse snatchings a year. Shoplifting is the biggest theft category.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

Treat this as a medium risk because devastating weather can happen any time of year. Hurricanes, nor'easters, and winter storms are the main risks, with flash flooding being an issue after periods of heavy rain.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

This is a low risk, but not low enough to let your guard down. The robbery rate is about half the national average.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

Being so close to major cities, you have to go into it with the assumption of medium risk. Hamilton wouldn't be a likely target. You can always check terrorism concerns through eh Terrorism Advisory Bulletin issued throughout the year by Homeland Security.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

You should check local law enforcement websites and the Mercer County Consumer Affairs website for the most recent scams. While most of the common ones are targeted residents, you should avoid any deal that seems too good to be true.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

This is another low risk within the township, but Trenton is definitely a medium risk.

Tap Water Risk

TAP WATER RISK: MEDIUM

I would strongly recommend you don't drink the water here. The water supply here has so many issues that the state took over Trenton Water Works operations, stating, "Based on the DEP assessment, there are significant public health and safety concerns that need to be addressed by TWW and the City of Trenton." One of the hardest hit areas is Hamilton Township, with an outbreak of Legionnaires disease from the water. Visit https://dep.nj.gov/trentonwater to learn more about progress before your visit. Despite the potential risks, the water management agency stated, "We want to set the record straight: our drinking water is safe and, day by day, we are working to make it safer. The health of our customers and residents is our primary concern."

Safest Places to Visit in Hamilton Township

VisitPrinceton.org is the official tourism site offered by the Visit Princeton-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau.

You can download a free tourism guide without having to give personal information, which is always a cyber safety victory in my book.

As a nice bonus, there’s an online map that details the places mentioned in the guide.

You can see what’s nearby and what will require a longer drive.

Hamilton Township is huge.

It has several villages within its boundaries and then dozens of unincorporated communities within.

You might be in the township but visiting Hamilton Square or Mercerville, for example.

Most of the hotels are located along Robbinsville Road/Highway 130.

Sayen House & Gardens was built in 1912, and the blooms represent the international travel bug of the original owner.

You’ll be able to tour the museum on site and roam the gardens with influence from China, Japan, and England.

This is a great place for family photos.

The gardens are famous for their azaleas.

Grounds For Sculpture is a renowned sculpture park and museum located across more than 40 acres.

It features over 300 contemporary sculptures exhibited amidst beautifully landscaped gardens.

Time tickets are required, so purchase those in advance.

The exhibits are rotating all the time, so it’s never the same experience twice.

For my travel money, I’d visit the Kuser Farm Mansion.

It’s a Queen Anne-style home that was once the “country home” for a prominent businessman and his family.

Tours are available from March through October on weekends.

With nearly three dozen parks to visit in the township, Veteran’s Park is by far the largest.

There are trails, a pond, and sports fields with playgrounds throughout.

A war memorial is included on the east side.

Be sure to check for ticks after a visit here from spring through fall.

Mercer Lake is another outdoor treasure in this county, with prestigious waters that train the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.

This is a popular fishing spot and recreational paddle area, but don’t swim in the water.

You’re also just 10 miles from Princeton, where you can walk to the Ivy League University or explore the shops in the charming town.

There are a lot of historic places to visit there.

Just be careful at pedestrian crossings.

The city ramping up pedestrian safety events after nearly 50 people were hit between 2019 and 2022, and 37 bicyclists were injured.

Places to Avoid in Hamilton Township

Hamilton Township doesn’t have neighborhoods that are too dangerous to visit, but the closer you get to Trenton, the higher the risk will be.

Once you cross over Olden Avenue, you’ll be heading to a more dangerous part of the town.

It’s best to put gas in the car and grab a coffee in Hamilton instead of waiting until you get to Trenton.

There’s a QuickChek store at Olden and Cedar that was the sight of two violent attacks after verbal fights in 2023.

In one incident, a person was shot multiple times.

In another, a man pulled out a machete and attacked.

The store was also the target of an armed robbery.

Maybe avoid that place.

At best, it has bad luck.

For every time I feel silly reminding people to avoid driving through a flooded street, there’s a new video showing people driving through a flooded street.

It only takes six inches of water to carry a car away or knock a person over.

Even though Hamilton is 35 miles from the shore, it can still take the brunt of a hurricane or nor’easter.

Safety Tips for Traveling to Hamilton Township

  1. Hamilton Township has its own police department. Since there’s another Hamilton Township in New Jersey, I can’t give you the “look for the area code” advice. What I can tell you is that the state does a good job of labeling this Hamilton as in Mercer County. You can find the police on Facebook @hamiltonpolicedivision. The main phone number is (609) 581-4000, and the email is socialmedia@hamiltonpdnj.gov.
  2. Sign up for emergency alerts through the city’s website. They use the Everbridge system to send out text alerts. This will cover severe weather, traffic issues, road closures, and other civil or criminal emergencies.
  3. Use the HAMStat app to report issues or concerns during your visit. You can also call (609)586-0311 or text (609)710-9600. The app allows you to track your complaint or request.
  4. Drivers need to know the Move Over law in New Jersey, which requires you to change lanes away from any emergency responders or trucks on the shoulder of a road. The Move Over website has a lot of shocking videos and sad stories about first responders trying to help people only to be hit by passing vehicles.
  5. You can help report any graffiti or drug activity you see. Don’t engage with criminals. Just call the Graffiti Hotline at (609)581-4021 or the Narcotics Hotline at (609)581-4058
  6. If you’ll be flying in or out of Philadelphia, there was a section of I-95 that collapsed in June 2023. It is between Hamilton and the airport. Hopefully, the interstate will be built before you get there, but all officials can say initially is that it will be a “long time.” There’s an I-95 Update website through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website.
  7. There’s a website called “Snow Plow Sal” that gives winter visitors all the information they need to know about snow plows, emergency routes, and parking restrictions during snow storms. Bookmark this before you go.
  8. Hamilton has an issue with pollution in the water, in addition to the Legionnaire outbreak. Please read the “Don’t Flush These Items Down the Toilet” section of the city’s website.
  9. The “Health” section of the city’s website includes information about all infectious diseases in the area, including ongoing COVID and Monkeypox tracking. Use this page to ask questions or find the latest details.
  10. If you’ll be using the New Jersey Turnpike, you’ll need an EZ pass account and/or device on your car to get through the toll booths. Most rental cars will have this included in the price, so check ahead before you create an account.

So... How Safe Is Hamilton Township Really?

We could slice and dice all the crime data through 2021, but the question you’re really wanting to know is if Hamilton is safer than Trenton.

That answer is a resounding YES!

The violent crime rate is 40% lower than the national average and more than four times lower than Trenton.

More than half of violent crimes happen in private homes, but this is still not a city where you can let your guard down.

Thefts have been on a steady decline since 2018.

At the same time, New Jersey is seeing a rash of car thefts statewide, so don’t leave your car unlocked or any personal items inside.

Even across all the different neighborhoods, there’s not a place that is more dangerous than another, other than the concerns that start closer to Trenton.

The quaintness of this community shouldn’t erase the proximity to high-crime cities like New York and Philadelphia nearby.

As much as this feels like a more rural area, it’s still a dense suburb, just spread out more so than other suburbs.

As long as you realize the crime risks increase once you leave the township and use common sense, you’ll have a great time in Hamilton Township.

How Does Hamilton Township Compare?

CitySafety Index
Hamilton Township72
Honolulu65
Chicago65
Dallas64
Memphis54
Orlando64
Las Vegas62
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70
Manama (Bahrain)54
Tianjin (China)67

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

International guests will go through Customs and Border Patrol at the airport or port of entry. A passport and visa or visa waiver will be required. You can start that process on the U.S. State Department website for the latest updates.

Currency

Currency

Only the U.S. Dollar can be used here. Your home bank will have the best currency exchange rates. Philadelphia's airport also has six currency exchange locations throughout the terminals.

Weather

Weather

You'll need to bulk up in winter. Bring snow boots and an insulated coat. Your spring or fall travel bags should have layers of clothing. Summers will be warm and humid. Bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Airports

Airports

Philadelphia International Airport is 50 miles south. Newark's airport is 50 miles in the other direction. LaGuardia or JFK in New York will be about 70 miles, but you'll have a lot of traffic, so plan extra time.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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Hamilton Township Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -1° C
Feb 1° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 11° C
May 17° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 24° C
Sep 20° C
Oct 14° C
Nov 8° C
Dec 3° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
351016222629292418126
Low
°C
-4-416121720191594-1
High
°F
374150617279848475645443
Low
°F
252534435463686659483930

New Jersey - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Asbury Park54
Atlantic City48
Boonton74
Burlington70
Clifton73
East Orange44
Elizabeth47
Hamilton Township72
Hammonton75
Hoboken73
Jersey City54
Lambertville74
Long Beach Island72
Mountain Lakes74
Mt. Laurel76
New Brunswick64
Newark56
Passaic65
Paterson67
Princeton77
Red Bank77
Seaside Heights48
Toms River43
Trenton46
Upper Township & Ocean City74
West Orange72
Wildwood51

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1 Review on Hamilton Township

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    Case Simpson says:

    It’s comforting to see a comprehensive safety report on Hamilton Township. Knowing that law enforcement and community initiatives are actively working to maintain safety reassures me as a resident.

Hamilton Township Rated 5 / 5 based on 1 user reviews.

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