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NJ TRANSIT SECURITY STATEMENT REGARDING LONDON INCIDENTS
Customers reminded to report suspicious activity, unattended packages
July 7, 2005 11:00 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Stessel (973) 491-7078
11:00 A.M. – NJ TRANSIT SECURITY UPDATE
NEWARK, NJ – In light of today’s incident in London, NJ TRANSIT is reminding its customers to report to the NJ TRANSIT Police Department any unattended packages or suspicious activity by calling 1-888-TIPS-NJT. All calls are investigated, and all information is confidential.
While NJ TRANSIT has been on a heightened security alert since 911, a number of additional security measures were taken today. Police patrols on the system have doubled, and are being supported with 60 New Jersey State Police troopers. The number of bomb-detecting K-9 units on the system has tripled, thanks to support from State and local law enforcement agencies. Customers will see stepped up patrols at rail, bus and light rail stations statewide, as well as officers riding on trains, buses and light rail vehicles. In addition, State Police are providing helicopter support for critical infrastructure patrols of tracks, bridges, and facilities.
The Corporation has also distributed "Heightened Alert Security Notices" to all employees as well as customer notices urging vigilance and promoting the police hotline number.
NJ TRANSIT Police Department continues to operate on a heightened state of alert, as it has since the September 11 attacks and the Madrid train bombings. Since 2001, NJ TRANSIT Police have:
- Increased by more than 75 percent 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.
- Established vehicular inspection checkpoints and barricades at major terminals and stations.
- Increased the use of electronic surveillance and detection systems.
Customers who see suspicious activity or unattended packages at stations, aboard trains or buses, or near transit facilities are advised to call the NJ TRANSIT security hotline at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or notify a NJ TRANSIT police officer. To report a crime in progress, call 911.