Police Blotter for December 6 2012

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For the week ending December 6, 2012 , the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 280 calls for service, including 48 motor vehicle stops (with 30 summonses and 1 DWI arrest). 

November 30th: A 51 year old Atlantic City man was arrested on outstanding warrants by Officer Glasser.

December 2nd: Anthony Buchel (age 24 of Brigantine) was arrested and charged with DWI, Unregistered Vehicle, Careless Driving and Blocking a driveway by Officer Lemenager.

 

Tree Lighting and Santa at City Hall Friday:

Please be extra careful Friday night as you approach City hall Friday evening. Expect minor traffic delays as our officers cross folks coming for the festivities.

Post Sandy Rentals:

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

CONTRACTOR TIPS: BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

• …Beware of scammers. They don’t wait for consumers to call — they come knocking, literally, on your door. If a contractor is trolling your area and offers to get the job done fast, be suspicious.

• The weeks and months following this storm will mean reputable contractors will have long waiting lists of jobs to do. The wait will be frustrating, but it’s better to wait than to get scammed.

• Whatever contractor you choose, verify good standing with the state. Call the state Division of Consumer Affairs, which keeps track of contractors.

• Ask about complaints: Consumer Affairs will tell consumers if a contractor has any complaints against it. Call the agency at (973) 504-6200 or (800) 242-5846 to ask for a company’s status.

• Registration: While you have Consumer Affairs on the phone, make sure the contractor has properly registered with the state. Or, go to njconsumeraffairs.gov and click “licensee search.”

• If you’re going to do work with a contractor, you should 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.

• Follow up on permits: Make sure the contractor gets the required permits, and 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 by law, Consumer Affairs said.

• Have written contracts for all jobs that cost more than $500.

• Offer a payment schedule. Never pay for an entire job up front or pay cash for the job. It’s fair to pay one-third upon the contract signing, and then the remaining payments should be specific and based on milestones of the job.

• 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.

Front Beach 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 front 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 the nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches

           

4×4 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 the permits provided for in this article or in violation of any provision of this article. Permits MUST BE PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE REARVIEW MIRROR. Not taped, rubber banded or mounted on Plexiglas or any other manner of temporarily mounting it. Rearview mirror only, no windows, dashboards, etc.

Revere Blvd Violations:

We are continuing rigorous enforcement of speeding and stop sign violations on Revere Blvd. 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 Blvd Speeding:

Complaints continue to come in regarding speeders along Lafayette Blvd. Much like Revere Boulevard, officers will be randomly running radar speed checks. This is your warning, slow down and obey the 25mph Speed Limit!

Parking Reminders:

According to NJS 39:4-135, all vehicles must be parked facing the direction of travel. Please 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.

SCAM ALERTS!

We have received multiple reports of a scam going on via fax machines. Callers are reporting they received a fax from an individual (Ghana and 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 (OR EMAIL/PHONE CALL) please just delete it or throw it away.

Police have received several complaints of a home improvement scam. Victims report that an unknown male calls offering home improvements and when the victim declines, the caller lets the victim know that he has some of their personal information (i.e.: Social Security Number, Date of Birth). If anyone receives such a call, get as much information as you can on the caller, hang up and report it to us.

Bogus phone solicitations for Police Union donations:

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 , click on the PayPal donations button and follow the online instructions. You still have the option to send in your donation via mail..

www.pba204.com

www.brigantinepba204.com

http://brigantinepba204.com/donations/

 

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

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

 

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

 

Don’t just call…call with information together, we can make a difference!!

Phone Numbers you may need & working with the police

 

What number do I call?
            Call 9-1-1 if it IS a life-threatening emergency or a
crime in progress.
Call 266-7414 if it IS NOT a life threatening
emergency, you need an officer, and to report
suspicious activity. You would also call this number
to file a police report.
Call 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 did it happen
WHERE did it happen
WHO did it
Give a suspect and/or vehicle
description, if you have one.
                                    Suspect:
• Race/Sex
• Clothing worn
• Height/Weight
• Hair Color/Style/Length
• Other identifying marks/traits
                                    Vehicle:
                                    • Color
• Make/Model/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 re-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.

 Reminder for Motorist AND Pedestrians:

Effective April 2010, the pedestrian crosswalk laws in NJ changed. There is increased responsibility on BOTH drivers and pedestrians in order to make us all safer. 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. 

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

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