Neighbor Crime Alerts (Posted January 14, 2013)
The Lacey Township Police Department has implemented a Neighborhood Crime Alert advisement through this website. The menu tree under Police Department on the main menu of the Lacey Township website now contains a page entilted, Neighborhood Crime Alerts. The page is not designed to serve as a general police blotter but will chronologically list matters of continuing public concern. For instance, while a dispute between two individuals resulting in an arrest would not be a Neighborhood Crime Alert, unsolved burglaries, thefts, criminal mischiefs and other matters of continuing concern would be listed. The Neighborhood Crime Alert page will prove to be a valuable resource for residents to become aware of issues of continuing concern in their respective neighborhoods. These efforts are designed to help residents implement individual preventative and/or protective measures to guard against victimization.
Reverse 911 - Adding Cellular Phone Numbers (Posted December 3, 2012)
Residents of Lacey Township who would like to have cellular telephone numbers added to the Lacey Township Police Department's Reverse 911 Automated Call system may call police dispatch at 609-693-6636 (press 0 at the prompt) or email CaptPaprota@LaceyTownsip.org with the following information:
(1) first and last name;
(2) street address; and
(3) telephone number(s) to be entered into the Reverse 911 system.
The Reverse 911 system is utilized by the police department and township officials to disseminate information to residents. Currently, the system works through a geographically organized database of land-line telephone numbers and does not include cellular telephones nor certain Internet-based phone systems. If any resident did not receive the Reverse 911 announcements before and after Hurricane Sandy, you are asked to call police dispatch at 609-693-6636 (press 0 at the prompt) or email CaptPaprota@LaceyTownship.org and provide the above listed information, so you can be added to the system.
Weather Emergency/Special Needs Contact List (Posted December 3, 2012)
The Lacey Township Police Department is actively taking steps to update the agency's Weather Emergency/Special Needs Contact List. The list consists of those residents who have indicated they have special needs or concerns which may cause them to be endangered during a weather emergency or prolonged power outage. While the Lacey Township Police Department cannot guarantee personal attention before, during or immediately following a widespread emergency, the list serves as a resource for the police department in assisting those most vulnerable in the absence of family, friends or neighbors. Examples of residents who should be on the list include but are not limited to those who are homebound; those who rely on electricity for medical devices/treatments; and those who are elderly, live alone, and have limited mobility, etc. Being added to the list is completely voluntary. While the criterea for this special list is open-ended and broad, consideration should be given to the intent and purpose of the list. The Lacey Township Police Department is looking to identify those most vulnerable in the community.
Residents of Lacey Township who would like to have their name or a family member's name added to the Lacey Township Police Department's Weather Emergency/Special Needs Contact List may call police dispatch at 609-693-6636 (press 0 at the prompt) or email CaptPaprota@LaceyTownsip.org with the following information:
(1) first and last name;
(2) street address;
(3) telephone number(s); and
(4) reason for being on the list (e.g., homebound).
Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Private Property enacted January 12, 2012
The Township of Lacey now has an ordinance specifically prohibiting the possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage by persons under the legal age of twenty-one while on "private property." It has always been unlawful for an underage person to consume alcoholic beverages on "public property" under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15.
This new ordinance fills the void left in the state law by prohibiting underage possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in a private residence. The limited exceptions (e.g., in the presence of a parent/guardian) provided in the state statute are also applicable in the township ordinance. This ordinance will allow for the formal charging of persons under age twenty-one who possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages at a house party. Prior to the passage of the ordinance, law enforcement responding to a call of a house party could not charge the "underage drinkers" with an offense, despite the public's expectation that assertive action be taken to hold "underage drinkers" accountable. The ordinance provides accountability that otherwise did not exist under the state law.
Snow/Ice Removal Law enacted October 19, 2009
The State of New Jersey recently passed a law which states that an operator of a motor vehicle has a legal duty to make all reasonable efforts to remove accumulated ice or snow from exposed surfaces prior to operating a motor vehicle. "Surfaces" include, but are not limited to, the hood, trunk, windshield, windows, and roof of the motor vehicle (or a trailer being drawn by a motor vehicle). Violators are subject to a fine up to $75 for each offense regardless of whether any snow or ice is dislodged from the motor vehicle. Furthermore, the law provides for very severe penalties for the person in physical control of a vehicle if another person is injured by ice or snow dislodge that should have otherwise been removed.
Now more than ever it is important that all residents remain attentive when driving throughout the township. Residents can contribute significantly to the police department’s traffic safety efforts by voluntarily complying with the traffic regulations and demonstrating common courtesy to other motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The numerous changes in traffic patterns throughout Lacey Township require that motorists maintain heightened awareness of not only their vehicle actions but also the possible actions of other motorists (e.g., lane changes, slowing to a stop to prepare for a left turn, etc.).
Make Locking Your Vehicle a Matter of Common Practice
The Lacey Township Police Department is requesting that residents lock their vehicles as a matter of common practice. Consistently, the thefts which occur from motor vehicles are limited to those vehicles left unlocked and easily accessible. The practice of locking your vehicle can save you from the disconcerting realization that someone entered your vehicle during the late night hours and removed money, electronics, and any other items of value.
Emergency Contact Information via Cell Phone
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) in conjunction with fourteen notable New Jersey based associations have devised a standardized and universal method for retrieving emergency contact information from cellular telephones of incapacitated victims. They use the term "ICE" which stands for "in case of emergency." This process of "icing" your cell phone involves entering the name and telephone number of your chosen emergency contact person in the address book of your cell phone with the name preceded by the letters "ICE" (i.e., ICE-Mom). In the event of an emergency, ambulance, paramedic, and/or hospital personnel can review the address book of the phone and look for the "ICE" entry. This will allow emergency medical personnel to quickly call your emergency contact to obtain vital medical information and make decisions about your care. For further information log onto www.NJHA.com.