Hamilton, NJ: NJOHSP reports 5.24.2019 –

TRENTON, NJ — The Jersey Shore becomes larger-than-life over the summer. As one of the nation’s most popular destinations during the season, “The Shore” will soon host millions of residents and tourists ready to enjoy their favorite beaches, food, and family-friendly activities.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) launched its second annual “Secure the Shore” Initiative earlier this month. A subsection of the year-round “See Something, Say Something” campaign, this seasonal initiative assists coastal communities in reducing risk and vulnerabilities due to an influx of visitors for various outdoor activities and events.

“Secure the Shore” focuses on municipalities within Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties and encourages outreach with local, county, State, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as heightened public awareness of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

NJOHSP has identified opportunities to assist coastal communities in strengthening security measures in preparation for the summer. Through direct funding initiatives for target hardening, NJOHSP will collaborate with businesses, law enforcement partners, and local officials to maximize capabilities in shore towns.

“As our State continues to navigate through an ever-changing threat environment, we must evolve to prepare for and thwart threats of any kind,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “Community involvement and reporting, alongside a united and well-equipped law enforcement front, is essential to the continued safety and security of New Jersey’s residents and visitors.”

The constant vigilance of law enforcement and the public combined with the assistance provided by federal funding helps the State meet its commitment to downgrade the risks faced by these shore communities.

NJOHSP encourages everyone heading to the Jersey Shore this summer to be aware of any suspicious activity and remember, if you “See Something, Say Something” by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or emailing tips@njohsp.gov.