Safety Tips

In The Last Six Months:

  • Did you leave the front door or garage door unlocked while you made a quick trip to the grocery store?
  • Was it too much trouble to check the meter reader's identification before letting him in?
  • Did you forget to tell a neighbor that you were going away for the weekend?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are making it easier for a thief to work in your community.

What can you do?

Good locks, simple precautions, neighborly alertness, and common sense. can help prevent most property crimes.

Get together with your neighbors to keep an eye on each other's home. Half of all home burglaries occur during the day when alert neighbors could spot the thieves and call the police. Many neighborhoods have started youth patrols, or senior citizen "Window Watches" or trained people like newspaper carriers, cab drivers and utility employees to watch out for suspicious activity on their routes.

Locks, Doors, and Windows

  • Install good dead-bolt locks in your doors, not the spring-latch ones with the key in the knob. Use theme (About 60 percent of burglars get in through unlocked doors and windows!)
  • Avoid door locks that can be manipulated by breaking glass or door panels to reach inside.
  • Make sure outside doors, including the one between your house and garage, are solid, 1 3/4 inch metal or wood and fit tightly in their frames. Hinges should be on the inside.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available locks, with a rigid wooden dowel in the track, or with a nail inserted through a hole drilled in the sliding door frame and projecting into the fixed frame.
  • Lock double-hung windows by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle in each top corner of the inside sash and part way through the outside sash, or buy window key locks at a hardware store. Consider grilles for basement or street-level windows.


  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows.
  • Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb into second story windows.
  • Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well-lighted.
  • Help keep your neighborhood in good shape. Dark alleys, litter and run-down areas attract crime.

Key Sense

  • Do not hide house keys in mailboxes, planters, or under door-mats. Give a duplicate key to a trusted friend or neighbor in case you, are locked out.* Do not put any personal identification on key rings.
  • Leave only your ignition key with service mechanics and parking garage attendants.
  • If you lose the keys to your home or move, change the locks immediately.

Answering the Door

  • Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door. A short chain between the door and the jamb is not a good substitute because it can be broken easily.
  • Don't open the door to anyone you do not know without first verifying that person's identity.

Answering the Telephone

  • Don't give any information to "wrong number" callers. Ask what number they were dialing. Check references of any person calling about a survey or credit check before volunteering information. Offer to call the person back instead of responding immediately.
  • Hang up immediately on. any threatening or harassing calls.
  • If the caller persists, call police and the phone company.

Going Away?

Burglars hope to avoid confrontations, so make your home look occupied!

  • Leave lights on and the radio playing, preferably a talk show, when you go out
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Use timing devices to turn inside lights, radios or television on and off at different times.
  • If no one will be at home for more than a few days, arrange to have someone pick up the mail and newspapers. Have deliveries stopped or sent elsewhere

Services Offered


Child Seat Inspections-  Available through the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department



  1. Fingerprinting services shall be available by appointment during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
  2. Fingerprinting services shall be available Wednesday evenings, 4:30 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. by appointment only.

       Additional evening appointment times may be available, at the discretion of the Chief of Police.


  1. The fee for the fingerprinting service for Township residents is $5.00/per fingerprint card and $7.50/ per fingerprint card for non-residents.
  2. No fee shall be charged for fingerprinting services when they are required for the issuance of licenses or permits to be issued by the Township.

       Appointments may be made by calling 732-928-2070 or by e-mail @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Child Identification program is offered at various times throughout the year. Child ID can be done for your organization or group by contacting Sgt John Convery at 732.833.3015

Scout or Group Tours of the Justice Complex are done by appointment; schedule your tour by contacting Sergeant John Convery at 732.833.3015

Watch local media outlets for our “Safe Night Presentations” dealing with “Internet Safety”, “Gang Awareness”, “Designer and Club Drugs Awareness”.

School closings are posted by local radio station broadcasts, listen to WOBM 92.7 FM, 101.5 or check the web links below. The Police Dispatchers do not carry that information. Understand, in cases involving bad road conditions, the police communications operators are busy handling calls for emergencies.

Jackson Township School District


NJ 101.5

Parent Resources

"Parenting is a tough job"

Being a parent is one tough job; full of many rewards, beautiful moments, great sharing, laughs and love. But the reality of raising children today is that parents become overwhelmed, exhausted and stressed.

Officer John Pejoski compiled these Websites and Television Programs to provide parents with the expert information, tips and support they need and deserve to be the best parent they can be.


Shows to Watch

VH1:Celeb Rehab
NGE: World’s Most Dangerous
History: Gangland
DSC: Prison/Gangs/Drugs
A&E: Intervention & Beyond Scared Straight
BET: American Gangster
MSN: Lock Up/To Catch
MTV: Juvies/True Life/Busted

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About Jackson Township

During 1994, we celebrated the 150th year of Jackson's existence as an incorporated municipality in the State of New Jersey. As the handwritten Legislative Act reads, "Having been three times read in the Council (the State Senate) on February 29, 1844,"