I have lived in the Basking Ridge neighborhood for over three years and have mixed feelings about it. One one hand I the neighborhood is in close proximity to the freeway (without feeling like it is literally right next to the freeway), is near walking/bike trails, and has a feeling of being near nature. I have often spotted deer, turkey, fox, skunks, snakes, while out on a walk. The grocery store, banks, Oakridge Mall, etc are within a few minutes drive. On the other hand, in the past year, there has been a steady increase in the number of crimes committed in the neighborhood including mail theft resulting in check forgery, thefts of cars, thefts of items from cars, and of homes being broken into. It is to the level I am concerned for the safety of my family and I am seriously considering moving out of what once used to be an idyllic neighborhood.