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Township to Tackle Condo Crime Concerns

Meetings will be held to gather ideas on how to reduce violence

One of the township's next steps in an effort to reduce violence in a number of multi-family housing developments will be a town-hall style meeting which will include a discussion on how to combat crime and other issues.

Though a date has yet to be set, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said a meeting will be held as part of a wider effort to reduce violence in several of the township's condominium complexes. Acropolis said he has already hosted meetings with members of condominium associations.

Another part of the effort to reduce crime was reinstituting the Brick Police Department's Selective Enforcement Team, or SET Team, as it is often called. The specialized unit is tasked with combating drug and gang activity. Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist has said drug activity is the driver of the majority of the township's property crime.

Condominium complexes in the township have had the dubious distinction of being the sites of several violent incidents in recent months.

In April, police in the Maple Leaf Park development off Herbertsville Road. Last month, police involved in an assault on a female there. In February of this year, a woman was while walking along Herbertsville Road near Maple Avenue, adjacent to the same development.

Other condominium complexes have also made news in recent years. Police have painted outside the Cedar Gardens complex off Cedar Bridge Road, and last year, several people engaged in a fight at a complex off Van Zile Road.

Perhaps the most high profile incident that has taken place in a Brick complex was the 2005 arrest of William Sosa, leader of the Philadelphia Latin Kings, who was found to be living in Sutton Village. Sosa, nicknamed "King Homicide," is now serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

"Residents of these developments are tired of seeing police lights outside their windows. They are tired of feeling scared in their own homes," said Acropolis.

The next planned meeting will involve the mayor, police chief, members of the township council's public safety committee and representatives from the condominium associations.

The meeting will cover ways to combat drug and gang activity, and provide a forum for the group to "discuss what avenues are available to the township and the condo associations to combat these problems," a statement from the township said.

After that meeting, a public, "town hall" style meeting will be planned aimed at hearing the concerns of residents.

Vocalgal4hire July 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Deb: See my reply above.
Vocalgal4hire July 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Grumpass: You have a really negative attitude, you know that?
Vocalgal4hire July 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Lion: Cameras that were in the process of being installed were supposed to be on top of the roof in a number of locations on each building.
Vocalgal4hire July 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM
That's already been done, None.
Jerseyclone July 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Watch the back gate because Lakewood faction is buying brick big time. The next thing half the residential property will be off the tax rolls because it is a church or school.l
BrickAmericanMan July 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
the lakewood suit gangs are the problem and we all know it. Driving the price down and then Section 8 and repeat. Those smelly top hat wearing clowns only care about their own gain.
clamdigger July 31, 2012 at 01:20 AM
it wont start w/ Princeton Ave, but with the older neighborhoods. SkyManor, Midstreams, Arrowhead, Presidents Streets. Areas near schools,parks,walking distance to shopping. Since the parks have been re-done, everyone I know that lives near a playground says they have all seen an increase of the Lakewood folks spending hours there.
WMS826 July 31, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I heard the Lakewood home depot will close soon to tear that shopping center down and make it a Hasidic apartment complex. The plan is for lakewood to grow to 210 thousand people as published in the asbury park press last December. The state has signed off on this and already they are close to 100 thousand people n Lakewood. They are pushing the nn hasidics out to the surrounding towns. Low real estate prices are fueling this.
David Fischer July 31, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I live in Evergreen Woods and I do not see any of the crime here that is being reported in the other condo-complexes. As for the police, our association pays for the police to patrol Evergreen Woods. Perhaps the other associations should do the same.
Clown Baby July 31, 2012 at 02:20 AM
So what you are saying is the real problems are the Jews? I'm not politically correct, what I'm telling you to do sir is own your racism. You're clearly a racist, just own it.
Mary Mary July 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I grew up in Point Pleasant, Wemke's has been a shithole for at least 40 years. If you remember it being a family vacation spot you must be 60+ with a great memory !!! Haha....seriously I am 47 and dont remember it ever not being a dump. Although now rather than close its doors I believe they are taking Section 8 money.
Jim July 31, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Toms River, Howell, and Jackson are also under assault. They tried to build a temple downtown and some concerned business people preempted the purchase. Once Brick falls Point will follow. I feel sorry for the decent folks that live in Maple Leaf. You got block busted. I witnessed it first hand in Lakewood and know how quickly long established neighborhoods turn bad. Might be time to start having Mass in the backyard.
ROSE July 31, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I tried to buy a condo there a few years back the mortgage co wanted 30% down. Hello If I had 30% down I wouldn't move into that neighborhood. It should be if you can't prove where your income comes from you can rent. I am sure many people paying by cash and landlords dont care where the money come's from as long as they get the rent.
I'm Constipated July 31, 2012 at 04:21 AM
It's the republicans fault. Conservatives hate minorities and the poor.
Slippery Slope July 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I hear there is a thriving Choom business going on in these places. See, I have created jobs.
RCL67 July 31, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Dan ~ please keep us updated about this issue and let us know when the meeting is. Thank you so much ! People of Brick ~ please come out and make your voices heard about this issue. If not, Brick will get worse !
gail sands July 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Why if those stores are paying their r/e taxes and people work would they tear down the entire shopping center? NOt saying it isn't true, but I dont understand that reasoning. Thought the Lakewood folks were spreading more out into Jackson!
none of yobusiness July 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Hey clown baby if you were robbed by a man or group of men that resembled hasidic men would you not tell the policeman they looked like hasidics? I definitely have problems with any group of people who come to our country primarily to enjoy our religious freedoms and then not observe Independence Day. Its insulting. If that makes me a racist by using your measurement so be it. I perfer to call myself an American and a I would give my life for this great country.
Clown Baby July 31, 2012 at 09:32 PM
So you are in fact saying you're a racist. Whelp, glad that is cleared up!
none of yobusiness July 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM
No clown let me be perfectly clear what im saying is your your an asshole!
RCL67 July 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I'll clear that one up ~ the majority of landlords in Maple Leaf are , yes, Jewish. I saw the list of people who rent out their places. The others are peole who are either from Northern Jersey or out of state.
J.JONES August 01, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Tuesday Sheriff dept..and Brick police walking threw condo's in Maple leaf..or the Hood ??
read bull August 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
burnt tavern manor
read bull August 01, 2012 at 06:47 PM
could not have said it better myself!!
gogo August 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
where is the swat team
gogo August 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
make sure the bring their fly swats.This is central jersey.
gogo August 04, 2012 at 06:35 PM
150k a year salary.These cops are babies.
WMS826 August 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This town is not prepared to make this fight, that is for sure. Political correctness will tank Brick. I want take no prisoner state police mentality out there. Lets start tracking people down who lie about teir address and send kids to school here next.
ginny August 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
We just sold our house on the President streets at a loss but we are getting out because we can see the righting on the wall.
Joe P August 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Cameras seem like a great idea. Residents that are more concerned about their security will compromise some privacy, especially for the safety and security of their children. It's very sad that children have to be exposed to these environments.

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