TRENTON – The Christie Administration announced Thursday the public can now report suspicious activity to the state’s 24-hour terrorism tip line by dialing 2-1-1. Calls to 2-1-1 are free, and can be made using a landline or a mobile device. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; and can also be reported to 1-866-4SAFE-NJ.
Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) said receiving tips from the public assists law enforcement in preventing future attacks. Dickson reminded residents the investigation, prosecution and conviction of the individuals planning to attack the Fort Dix military base began with a tip from an electronics store clerk who discovered what appeared to be terrorist training activity on a home video.
“Law enforcement cannot be everywhere; it’s up to all of us to report suspicious activity whenever and wherever we see it,” Dickson said. “It could be an unattended package or suspicious vehicle – anything that makes you wonder whether something might be wrong.” “If you See Something, Say Something; make the call and make a difference,” Dickson added.
Earlier this week, Dickson recorded a public service announcement broadcast on radio stations throughout New Jersey urging residents and visitors to call 2-1-1 to report suspicious activity. In the coming months, OHSP will enhance its public messaging efforts to include billboards, newspaper advertisements and the use of social media to communicate directly to the public on the significance of their role in the State’s homeland security and emergency preparedness efforts. September has been designated as National Preparedness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“In September we recognize National Preparedness Month, and remind New Jersey residents that everyone can play a role in preparing for terrorist hazards,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, New Jersey State Police Superintendent and Director of the State Office of Emergency Management (OEM). “Talk to your family about how you will communicate during an emergency, where you will reunite if separated, and start to collect the basic items for your family disaster supply kit,” Fuentes added. Additional information about preparedness tips for all types of emergencies can be found at the OEM website, www.ready.nj.gov.
Dickson said that in the eleven years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, countless law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and emergency management officials have worked tirelessly to strengthen the security and protect the safety of our nation, but repeated that these dedicated professionals need the help of the general public, as well as the private sector. More information about OHSP can be found at www.njhomelandsecurity.gov.