Brigantine Police Department News – Week of Jan. 4, 2013

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

For the 2012 holiday period, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 550 calls for service, including 75 motor vehicle stops (with 16 summonses and one DWI arrest), five traffic accidents and 10 domestic disputes.

Ramon Torres, 43, of Brigantine was arrested Dec. 21 by Officer Sweet and charged with simple assault and harassment.

A 36-year old Brigantine male was arrested Dec. 21 by Officer Finan on outstanding warrants.

Page Forth, 58, of Brigantine was arrested Dec. 28 by Detective Ward and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substances within 1,000 feet of school property, manufacturing marijuana over 5 pounds, and possession of marijuana over 50 grams.

A 45-year old Brigantine male was arrested Dec. 29 by Officer O’Donoghue on outstanding warrants.

Melissa Ford, 29, of Brigantine was arrested Dec. 31 by Officer Newcomer and charged with simple assault.

Makil Harper, 19, of Atlantic City was arrested Dec. 31 by Officer Glasser and charged with DWI and careless driving.

We ask for your continued vigilance and remind our residents to keep your vehicles, bicycles, and homes locked.

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

Department website

Please visit the newly redesigned brigantinepolice.org 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. Also, please visit www.nixle.com and sign up for our alert and notification system to keep up to date.

Front beaches restrictions

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.

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 is 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.

Revere, Lafayette boulevards

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.

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.

Beware of unethical contractors

Scammers don't wait for consumers to call – they literally come knocking on your door.

If a contractor is trolling your area and offers to get the job done fast, be suspicious. Due to the amount of damage in our area, reputable contractors have long waiting lists of jobs to do. The wait will be frustrating, but it’s better to wait than to get scammed.

Whichever contractor you choose, before you agree to anything, find out if a contractor has any complaints against it. Call the state Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6200 or (800) 242-5846 to ask for a company’s status and whether it is properly registered with the state. You can also check online at njconsumeraffairs.gov and click "licensee search."

If you’re going to do work with a contractor, get a copy of his commercial general liability insurance. Call the insurer to confirm the policy is valid and will not expire before your job is completed.

Make sure your contractor gets all the required permits. If you’re supposed to get the permits, put the contractor’s information – not yours – on the application. If you mistakenly say you’re the one doing the work, you may forfeit the protections afforded you by law.

Make sure you have written contracts for all jobs that cost more than $500.

Never agree to pay for an entire job up front or pay cash for the job – write up a payment schedule as part of the contract. It’s fair to pay a third of the cost upon signing the contract, but the remaining payments should be specified in advance and based on milestones of the job being completed.

Include a three-day right of rescission, meaning you can cancel the contract for any reason before midnight of the third business day after signing. If you decide to cancel, put your cancellation in writing, save a copy and send it registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.

Scam alerts

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.

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.

Bogus phone solicitations for PBA

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 http://brigantinepba204.com/donations, click on the PayPal donations button and follow the online instructions. You also have the option to send in your donation by mail.

Reminder for motorists and pedestrians

Please read and take note of the following excerpt from NJ 39:3-46 traffic statute: The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or state regulation, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

Pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.

Be bike smart

Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety assists county, municipal and law enforcement agencies with education, public awareness and enforcement of the bicycle helmet law and other bicycle safety issues.

Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.

Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage.

Working with the police

If you are reporting a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. If there is no life-threatening emergency but you still need a police officer (for example, to file a police report or to report suspicious activity), call 266-7414. For general information or questions about the Brigantine Police Department, call 266-7414.

When you call, remember to report the following: WHAT happened, WHEN it happened, WHERE it happened, WHO did it.

When describing a suspect, report the individual’s race, sex, clothing, height, weight, hair color/style/length, and any other identifying marks or traits.

When describing a vehicle, report its color, make/model/year, license plate number, direction of travel, and any other identifying marks or features.

When you call the police, you do not have to give your name, address or phone number.
However, you may choose to provide that information in case police need to re-contact you for additional information.

If you want the police officer to stop by and speak with you when responding to a call, be sure to request this when you call the dispatcher.


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