Brigantine Police Department News – Week of Nov. 16, 2012

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Brigantine Police Department

All persons listed are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

For the week ending Nov. 15, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 340 calls for service.

Maurice Sessoms, 21, of Brigantine was arrested Nov. 10 by Officer Glasser and charged with hindering apprehension and on an outstanding warrant.

As a reminder, anyone with information on a crime or wishing to report a crime can anonymously contact the Brigantine Police Department 609-266-7414 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-658-8477.

True Spirit Coalition Operation Thanksgiving

For the third year, members of the Police Department and Brigantine PBA Local No. 204 will be lending a hand to needy families in our community by collecting, organizing and delivering food packages. Each year, the True Spirit Coalition collects donated Thanksgiving food items to distribute. This year, there are approximately 90 families needing assistance. Anyone wishing to donate food or their time should contact Linda Simpson at the Presbyterian Church. Join us on Monday, Nov. 19 to help pack. Food will be delivered to families on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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Watch for debris

As the cleanup from Sandy continues, please be extra careful as you drive the island. Many homes still have debris in the street, and there may be items left behind as the crews progress through the island. Also be mindful that the lanes of travel on some roads will be narrower due to the piles of debris.

Department website

Please visit the newly redesigned website, updated by Lt. Reed. The redesigned site has a more user-friendly view, easier navigation and all the up-to-date information from our department.

Front beaches reminder

No vehicles are to be on the front beaches without a valid permit, valid Fishing Derby pin and actively fishing. Riding the beach with your derby pin and not fishing is not allowed. The beaches are not open for general vehicle travel at any time during the year.

Front Beach restrictions

As the result of an agreement the city entered into with the state and federal government, there will be no dogs, vehicles or kites allowed on the Front Beach from Bramble Drive to Sandy Lane. There is currently fencing in place on the beach to protect nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches.  

4x4 permit required

It shall be unlawful to operate an automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on the beaches within the City of Brigantine without a permit. Permits must be permanently affixed to the vehicle’s rear-view mirror. Permits may not be mounted with tape, rubber bands, mounted on Plexiglas or in any other manner of temporary mounting. Permits may not be applied to windows, dashboards, or any location other than the rear-view mirror.

Boat and trailer parking

Trailer parking has been extended to Saturday, Dec 1.

Revere Boulevard violations

Police are continuing rigorous enforcement of speeding and stop-sign violations on Revere Boulevard. Officers are assigned to monitor the area on a random basis and will be strictly enforcing all speed and traffic laws. This is your warning: slow down and obey the stop signs.

Lafayette Boulevard speeding

Complaints continue to come in regarding speeders along Lafayette Boulevard. Officers will be randomly running radar speed checks. This is your warning: slow down and obey the 25 mph speed limit.

Parking reminders

According to NJS 39:4-135, all vehicles must be parked facing the direction of travel. Do not park facing oncoming traffic. Parking so as to block a sidewalk is also prohibited under NJS 39:4-138(f). It creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, forcing them to enter the roadway to pass by your vehicle.

Theft reports

Police are receiving an increasing number of stolen bicycle reports. Please make sure you lock your bike up and don’t leave it unattended. We ask for your continued vigilance and also remind our residents to keep all vehicles and homes locked.

Scam alerts

Watch out for unlicensed contractors offering to do Sandy repairs cheaply. Follow your insurance company’s guidelines and only use a licensed and insured company.

We have received multiple reports of a scam involving a fax from an individual (from Ghana or other African nations) offering a business venture with a deposit of 95 million dollars. The fax asks for personal information including full name, date of birth, and address. If you receive such a fax, email or phone message, please delete or ignore it without responding.

Police have received several complaints of a home improvement scam. Victims report that an unknown male offers home improvements and when the victim declines, the caller lets the victim know that he has some of their personal information (social security number, date of birth, etc.). If anyone receives such a call, get as much information as you can about the caller, hang up and report it to us.

We have received calls from our local realtors that Craigslist scams are starting up again for rental properties. Please tell all your friends and family who may be interested in renting here to only deal with a licensed professional real estate agent, close friend or family member.

Bogus phone solicitations

The Brigantine P.B.A. 204 understands that you may receive many phone calls from outside organizations claiming to be affiliated with local law enforcement. These solicitors and telemarketers do not represent us. To prevent fraud, the Brigantine P.B.A. will only correspond using the “mail-in” system and will never under any circumstances come to your residence to solicit or collect any contributions. We are accepting donations online through PayPal. Just visit the donations page at, click on the PayPal donations button and follow the online instructions. You also have the option to send in your donation by mail.

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