Everyone wants to have a fun summer over the next few months, whether it’s disconnecting after two years of a pandemic, fatigue at work, disconnecting from daily responsibilities or something else, or just wanting to go places, visit people, and enjoy all that Toms River, the Jersey Shore, and beyond have to offer.
When you’re in Toms River this summer, on the mainland or in Ortley Beach or nearby sections, it’s important to be safe, responsible and respectful while you enjoy yourself and also alert in case anything happens that would require you to assist in some way as a witness or provide assistance, assistance to someone in need.
If we are all there for each other, it will be a fantastic, safe and healthy summer.
There are, however, a few things to consider as we head into the summer months in Toms River.
On Sunday, Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little was a guest on “Shore Time with Vin and Dave” on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk — which takes place every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — discuss some summer safety tips and more.
Drunk driving, Drunk driving, Driving under the influence of drugs.
Someone who chooses to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including the new legal recreational drug – marijuana – is never okay or safe for you or anyone else. another.
It is imperative to stay sober this summer.
“We’re concerned about any type of driving under the influence, whether it’s marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs – anything that changes your behavior, we’re very concerned,” Chief Little told Townsquare Media.
The influence of alcohol and drugs on public behavior in summer.
Everyone wants to have fun and a good time, but you need to do it safely and responsibly wherever the gathering is and don’t let things get out of control.
“We just had an incident in Long Branch where over 5,000 people showed up and it almost caused a riot because it was just a flash mob that happened and it got out of hand so we have to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Chief Little.
Rowdy and disruptive behavior on the beach, throughout town and late at night in Toms River will not be tolerated.
If you’re out or even at home having a good time this summer, remember there are other people around you, so treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated, including those who are here in Toms River and Ocean County renting a home or vacationing this summer — with kindness and respect.
“Everyone has to respect other people’s privacy too, they’re not here to party, there are other things to do and that’s where we sometimes fight because we have people coming down and rent with their young children and families and their goal is to have a beautiful home to stay in and walk to the beach and enjoy their day at the beach,” said Chef Little. ‘other people who come in and want to make a fuss all night until 2:00-3:00 in the morning, and then those other people want us to impose a curfew. I said “well how do we lock up raising your kids at 9:00 at night when they’re here for vacation and enjoying the beach?”, and we have a little problem at the north end with the Wawa where people normally hang around longer than they should and we get a lot of complaints up there.”
One of the reasons the police can’t impose a curfew is that it should be a citywide curfew, they can’t just impose it on one place in town.
“Unless we put in place a citywide curfew, which we’re not about to do, the only other time we could do that is in a state of emergency,” the official said. Chief Little.
In the event of a state of emergency, such as at the start of the pandemic, this curfew could be put in place to prevent large gatherings.
There has been a continuing problem as the chief mentioned on the north end with teenagers and people hanging around longer than they should causing disruption and in some cases loitering, littering and take turns with graffiti art.
“Normally we have a number of patrols – this changes in the winter – so we have a police car at each end of the beach, we have an officer from the north and an officer from Ortley from the south, but in the summer, we’re definitely rounding that out, we’re adding more officers, we’ve got class I officers, we’ve got what we call a ‘Power Squad’ where we put other officers on the beach, we’ve got quads, we’ve got bike patrols, obviously roving patrols with police cars, and then we put together this ‘Power Squad’ to deal with those kinds of issues to give everyone a good quality of life,” Chief Little said. So they’re going to see a big presence there this summer and with our first aid too we’re going to make sure we have an aid station right on the beach so we don’t have to worry about traffic. on deck and any type of delay, because obviously the safety of people is our concern. »
It’s good to have fun and have a good time, but be respectful of others this summer in Toms River.
“We don’t want to kill anyone’s good time, we understand that people get together, people like to drink – just make sure you stay there and do it responsibly – and as long as you don’t invade not someone else’s privacy,” Chief Little said. “We want to maintain our good relationship with our audience and our children. We have to have a good relationship with the children, we can’t write invitations to everyone who goes a little out of line, we pay a lot of attention to who we deal with, we understand that there are residents, we understand that tourism is very important to our community and we have to understand that these people who come here support us, they spend money, they take advantage of our beaches and all of our other amenities and we need to make sure they stay respectful of each other – respectful of us would be nice too – and responsible.”
Fireworks this summer in Toms River are best left to the professionals.
For many reasons, the main one being safety, it is best to entrust the lighting and firing of fireworks to professionals who know how to handle them correctly.
“Last 4th of July weekend we handled over 1,000 calls in just three days and over 200 were fireworks calls and that’s just people calling, there’s a lot of people who understand what’s going on but don’t call,” Chief Little said. “You have to remember that this is coming from the source where there might still be leaves in the gutters and things like that, so these fireworks could land in people’s yards.”
Other reasons not to shoot neighborhood fireworks are dogs or other pets and people or veterans with PTSD who are in the area.
“Veterans could get PTSD, people in other professions could get PTSD, we have autistic kids in every community here and we need to make sure we’re aware not to upset them either,” said Chief Little. “Pets go crazy when they start hearing all these explosions. We understand this will happen up to a point, but normally after about 10 hours it should subside.”
If you or anyone else is upset or concerned about fireworks going off in your neighborhood, whether it’s after 10:00 p.m. or just something you don’t think is safe, and talks with neighbors aren’t going in a positive direction / toward a mutually agreeable solution, you can feel comfortable calling Toms River Police at 732-349-0150 ext 0 which will allow you to speak to a police dispatcher.
Parking spaces, parking lanes, trying to find parking in Toms River during the summer.
During the summer months in almost any beach town parking can be a premium which can be frustrating to say the least, but that doesn’t mean you should park where you want, because, for some reason, it’s a security issue.
“When people don’t park properly — if they’re blocking fire hydrants, if they’re too close to a corner — people will say ‘what a big deal, I’m station just around the corner?’ but they don’t understand that a fire truck needs all that space and that 25 foot distance to move around the corner to get in somewhere and if there’s too much traffic or too many cars parked, double parked or whatever, they’re not gonna come in to do what they need to do,” Chief Little said. “Same with a first aid rig, they are wide, this box can be 8 to 10 feet wide and some streets, especially near the beach, are extremely narrow.”
Neighborhood watch, car thefts, vehicle break-ins – say something if you see anything in Toms River this summer.
It’s no secret that car thefts and vehicle break-ins are happening at a feverish rate throughout the state of New Jersey.
Simple advice from police everywhere is to lock your car doors and bring your valuables inside the house, store, etc.
It’s important that wherever you go, whatever you do this summer in Toms River, make sure you keep your eyes and ears open and look out for each other.
“Car thefts have been huge in this area and they are professionals, they know exactly what they are doing,” Chief Little said. “We can’t get the word out enough to lock your cars, just lock your cars. They understand that high end cars – if they’re not locked the mirrors don’t retract and they stay out – so when these people drive and see the mirrors of a high-end car, they understand it’s unlocked, so they go in — and what else do people leave inside? Obviously their belongings, but they’ll also leave their garage door remote in the car – so they’ll press the garage door remote and get into the house, take the keys to the cars, and even steal them in their own garage.”