NJ TRANSIT SECURITY STATEMENT
Customers reminded to report suspicious activity, unattended packages
May 2, 2011
NEWARK, NJ — In light of the recent news concerning the death of Osama Bin Laden, NJ TRANSIT Police, in cooperation with our law enforcement partners, will continue to maintain a heightened state of vigilance across the system. In addition, customers may notice an increased state, local and NJ TRANSIT police presence in and around key locations; however, there is no specific or credible threat against the NJ TRANSIT system at this time.
It is important to note that the NJ TRANSIT Police Department maintains close communication with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, and agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.
We urge customers who see suspicious activity or unattended packages at stations, aboard trains or buses, or near transit facilities to call the NJ TRANSIT security hotline at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or notify a NJ TRANSIT police officer. All calls are investigated, and all information is confidential.
While we do not release details about police deployment or specific countermeasures, our police remain vigilant in monitoring our system, including random baggage screening, K-9 deployment, plainclothes and uniformed patrols and community outreach.
Since September 11th NJ TRANSIT Police have:
- Increased the number of uniformed and plainclothes police officers on patrol.
- Deployed additional NJ TRANSIT K-9 bomb detection teams, in addition to teams provided by the New Jersey State Police and local law enforcement partners.
- Established vehicular inspection checkpoints and barricades at major terminals and stations.
- Increased the use of electronic surveillance and detection systems.
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.