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NJ State Police Deploy Troopers to Transportation and Religious Centers

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Trenton NJ, State Police Office of Target Hardening to Deploy Troopers to Transportation and Religious Centers

Beginning this week, troopers from the Office of Target Hardening will conduct security operations as well as public awareness contacts at transportation locations and religious facilities throughout the state in preparation of religious holiday gatherings. So, what does this mean?

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BREAKING : Mayor Comments on Rash of Burglaries in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache puts out a statement to all residents about a number of burglaries taking place in Ridgewood .

To All Residents:

You may have heard about a number of burglaries taking place in Ridgewood. The Ridgewood Police Department is diligently working on uncovering every detail and piece of information it can to identify the actors involved. The police is working very hard at it and giving it the full attention of the department.

We ask residents who have footage from security cameras or other helpful information to contact the police at (201) 652-3900. We advise residents to take basic security precautions by properly locking doors and window

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New Jersey: Family’s Report Thwarts Pressure-Cooker Bomb Plot

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June 12, 2017

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Point Pleasant NJ, A Point Pleasant (Ocean County) man faces federal terrorism charges after a family member notified law enforcement of his erratic behavior—underscoring the role friends, relatives, and close associates play in countering violence. According to authorities, Gregory Lepsky plotted to build a pressure-cooker bomb and detonate it in New York City to “kill as many people as possible” in support of ISIS.

On February 21, a relative notified local law enforcement that Lepsky had a weapon and was going to kill the family dog. Officers discovered the dog alive, but with a large wound, and subsequently arrested Lepsky. According to the criminal complaint, Lepsky stated that he had stabbed the dog because, in his view of Islam, dogs are “dirty.” He also said he planned to kill his mother and praised ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

During the investigation, officers found a pressure cooker in Lepsky’s closet, as well as several books on jihad and suicide bombing. On May 5, federal prosecutors charged Lepsky with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.

Family members, peers, and close contacts may be the first to notice radical shifts in behavior and attitude, as well as unusual Internet activity. According to Western media reports, Islamic extremists are 71 percent more likely to “leak” their violent intentions to friends, relatives, or other associates, compared to 53 percent of right-wing extremists, such as neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

The family member who contacted Point Pleasant police first noticed a change in Lepsky’s behavior in December, stating he began expressing radical Islamic rhetoric in his text messages and social media posts. In one message, Lepsky stated, “Allah (the most exalted) commands us Muslims to fight against the desbelivers [sic] until there is none left!”

We encourage all partners to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to NJOHSP’s Counterterrorism Watch by calling 866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365) or e-mailing tips@njohsp.gov.