The Brigantine Police Department responded to 296 calls for service the week ending Jan. 31. The department conducted 61 motor vehicle stops in which 33 summons were issued, and responded to 14 medical calls, five vehicle burglaries, six suspicious activity incidents and 23 property checks. Officers made two arrests.
A 46-year-old Brigantine man was arrested Jan. 30 and charged with defiant trespassing and contempt of court. He was released pending a court date.
A 28-year-old Atlantic City man was arrested Jan. 29 and charged with hindering apprehension and outstanding warrants. He was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in default of bail.
Charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information on a crime or wishing to report a crime can call the Brigantine Police Department anonymously at 609-266-7414 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-658-8477.
The police department urges residents to be vigilant and keep their car doors locked. The department is currently investigating multiple burglaries to motor vehicles. These burglaries have one thing in common, the car doors were unlocked. Don't be a victim; lock your car doors. Call the police to report anyone suspicious lurking around cars during night time hours. If you see something – say something.
Attention boaters, fishermen and users of the boat ramp. Please visit the city website and sign up for Nixle to receive up to the minute information regarding boat ramp closures. Nixle will send notifications to you via email and/or text message. This is the best way to stay informed of planned and unplanned boat ramp closures.
Signing up is easy and free. Go to https://bb-nj.org/ and click on “Nixle Sign up” under the “Quick Links” section of the website.
Boat trailer parking
The parking of boats and trailers is prohibited in the city of Brigantine from Dec. 1 through and including May 1. Between May 2 and Nov. 30, it is unlawful for any person to park any boat or trailer for a continuous period of more than 48 hours in such places as parking is authorized unless the owner or operator of said boat or trailer owns or leases the property in front of which said boat or trailer is so parked.
Between May 2 and Nov. 30 of any year, boats may be parked for longer than a period of 48 hours in any street in front of any legally operated and licensed marina on the same side of said street as said marina but only within the area between the property lines of said marina property if said lines were extended into said street in front of said property.
See the city of Brigantine website for more information on where boats and trailers can and cannot be parked. Do a search for “Boat and Trailer Parking” in the eCode 360 section of the website.
Shoulder to Shoulder
Shoulder to Shoulder is a community partnership between the Brigantine Police Department and the local Knights of Columbus Council. Together our goal is to maintain positive police and community relations while helping those in need. Please contact Capt. Rob Rubino if you would like information on how to make a donation. 609-266-7414
Old Brigantine Bridge closed
The old Brigantine bridge is closed to fishing due to its deteriorating, unsafe condition. Temporary fencing was erected, and police will be checking to make sure that no one is on it.
Please stay off of the old bridge.
Calling the police
Don’t just call; call with information. Together, we can make a difference.
What number do I call?
Call 911 if it is a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress.
Call 609-266-7414 if it is not a life-threatening emergency, you need an officer, and to report suspicious activity. Also call this number to file a police report.
Call 609-266-7414 for general information or questions about the Brigantine Police Department.
What do I need to tell them when I call?
• What happened
• When it happened
• Where it happened
• Who did it
Give a suspect and/or vehicle description, if you have one. The suspect description should include:
• Race and sex
• Clothing worn
• Height and weight
• Hair color, style and length
• Other identifying marks or traits
The vehicle description should include:
• Make, model and year
• License plate number
• Direction of travel
• Other identifying features
Do I have to give my name, address or phone number? No; however, it is helpful to have that information in case we need to contact you for additional information.
Will the officer stop and talk to me? Not unless you specifically request it. If you want to speak with the officer, tell the dispatcher when you call in. Many times the dispatcher will ask if you want the officer to stop by and speak with you.