Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman was joined by Councilman Skippy Sitarz in announcing the addition of several security utilities throughout the Borough, including emergency notification towers and a state-of-the-art camera system at Bishop Andrewz Park in the Chrome section of Carteret. The installation of these additions, aimed at crime prevention and general resident safety, is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of spring. Funding for the project was provided by a $100,000 public safety grant from the Carteret Business Partnership.
“Investing in public safety has always been a top priority for my administration, and I am happy to say that investment is paying off,” said Reiman. “According to recently released information from the New Jersey State Police, total crime in Carteret is down by over 16%. While any crime is too much, advancements in our prevention and reporting capabilities will help ensure this rate continues to decline.”
The emergency notification towers, common on college campuses, will feature one-touch 9-1-1 access, mass communication capabilities, and a 360 degree camera that is activated when the tower is in use. The integrated security camera system will transmit video over a Fluidmesh Point to Point wireless spectrum, providing connectivity between the Carteret Police Department and the park. In turn, emergency dispatchers will be able to stream live and recorded video directly to the police vehicles as needed.
In addition to these latest investments, the Borough has also increased the size of its police force and number of walking beats, increased the minimum level of staffing, and upgraded technology in the police department by installing a Computer Aided Dispatch system that assists 9-1-1 operators.
In doing so, the Borough has seen:
- Robberies decreased by 21 %
- Assaults decreased by 11%
- Motor vehicle theft decreased by 38%
- Forcible entry and thefts decreased 18%
“The men and women of the Carteret Police Department work tirelessly to keep Carteret a safe place to call home, and for that, we are tremendously grateful,” added Sitarz. “It is our privilege to be able to equip them with the most effective tools to ‘serve and protect’ the community.”