Police Blotter for March 13, 2013

A-Zone Burglaries:


In the past week Brigantine has been hit with four burglaries in the area 27th to 39th St. South. Most of the time, entry is through an unlocked door or window. Items taken have been flat screen televisions and a laptop computer. Residents have been out of their home for just a few hours to come home and find their residence burglarized. The time frame is between 4:00pm to early morning hours. Residents are being urged to make sure your doors and windows are locked. If you see anyone suspicious please call the Brigantine Police at 609-266-7414 or if it’s Emergency 911.

Deadline to register for FEMA ASSISTANCE IS APRIL 1st

Hurricane Sandy survivors in New Jersey have five days remaining to

register for recovery assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Survivors can register by phone until 10 p.m. March 1 or online until midnight.

APRIL 1st is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is to fill out an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

New Jerseyans who applied for federal disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with FEMA and SBA. Applicants should notify FEMA and SBA of changes to their mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses. To date, more than $361.7 million in grants has been approved for home repairs or replacement, rental assistance and other needs. Another $495.7 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans has been approved for nearly 7,300 homes and businesses. Survivors can register online and check on the status of their applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov until midnight March 1.They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Recovery assistants remain available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Survivors can ask questions about their SBA disaster home or business loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ and SBA.gov/Sandy.


Be mindful of Sandy Donations!

Police have received many phone calls inquiring about checking the legitimacy of some of the Post-Sandy charities soliciting for donations. There are many web sites available to check the charities you may be asking about. Donating to any of the more well-known services is always a safe move and you can be sure your money will get to those who truly need it (i.e.: United Way, Red Cross, and Salvation Army). If you are unsure, check the websites on our page and contact the True Spirit Coalition.


We have received multiple reports of a scam going on via email and 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. Along with that another email is making the rounds, purporting to be from the FBI stating the recipient is owed a large sum of money that was intercepted and that they must reply back or be charged with money laundering.

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..






• …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.
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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.

For the week ending March 13th 2013, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 315 calls for service, including 24 motor vehicle stops               (with 14 summonses issued).

March 6th: Scott Vinson (age 25 of Shallotte NC) was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of CDS and had an outstanding warrant by Officer Powell.

March 11th: A 42 year old Brigantine male was arrested on an outstanding warrant by Officer Lyons.

March 13th: Christian Ramos-Gonzalez (age 26 of Atlantic City) was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Officer DeLeon.

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.
• Race/Sex
• Clothing worn
• Height/Weight
• Hair Color/Style/Length
• Other identifying marks/traits
                                    • 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

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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