Home Page

Crime Prevention

Mission of the Crime Prevention Unit

The Cape May County Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit exists to reduce criminal victimization, reduce unwarranted fear of crime, and improve the quality of life of the citizens of Cape May County.

Goals of the Crime Prevention Unit

Our mission will be achieved by addressing each segment of the County population with specific and appropriate educational programs, support services, and expertise.

Specifically We Offer:

Adult Safety

  • Project Lifesaver

  • Safety Brochures

  • Safe Boating

  • Jogging Safety for Women

  • Safe Travel Tips (Auto Safety)

  • Vacation Safety Tips (Hotel & Motel)

  • Safety Tips for College Students

  • Home Safety Inspection Checklist

  • Seat belt Safety

  • Anti-Fraud Lectures

  • Say No to Telephone Fraud

  • Home Repair Fraud

  • Con Games

Internet and E-mail Safety

Viral e-mail, Spam mail or phishing mail is on the rise. Hackers use these e-mails to con you into believing that there is something wrong and your attention is required. Sometimes these e-mails are disguised as an e-mail from your bank or credit card company. These e-mails will try to get you to log on from a link that they provide. Hover your cursor over the e-mail / link to see where that link is actually going to take you. Look for clues or other indications that the message is not legitimate such as misspelled words, bad or awkward grammar in the message or odd domain names that could be one letter different from the actual one.

If the link is leading somewhere you don't recognize DON'T CLICK ON IT. If you use their link it will copy the information such as your bank account number, logon and password and any other information you may type in. It will then send that information to the hacker who now has full access to your account.

If you receive an email of this type or you are just not sure, the safest thing to do is use the logon link that you know is legitimate or an app that has already been set up to access your account and see for yourself. You may always call your bank or credit card company directly using the number provided on your credit card or bank card. Do not call any of the numbers provided by the spam or phishing e-mail Delete the e-mails immediately without clicking on any of the links and don't forget to empty that "deleted" folder. You can also block the sender but this is usually pointless as the hackers will send it again using a different e-mail address.

Here is sample list of some common subject lines for viral e-mail.

•             ATTENTION REQUIRED: INFO ON YOUR IMPENDING REFUND
•             ATTENTION REQUIRED: INFORMATION ON YOUR LATEST REFUND
•             ATTENTION REQUIRED: you are legally obliged to review the status of your shipment
•             AUTOMATED letter: refund information
•             AUTOMATED notice in regards to your item’s status
•             AUTOMATED notification: refund information
•             AUTOMATED notification: refund information
•             AUTOMATED USPS notification: your shipment has been postponed
•             AUTOMATED USPS OFFICIAL LETTER CONCERNING YOUR SHIPMENT
•             AUTOMATED USPS statement: your package has been delayed
•             AUTOMATIC letter: money back information
•             AUTOMATIC notice concerning your package’s location
•             AUTOMATIC notice: refund information
•             AUTOMATIC notification in regards to your package’s status
•             AUTOMATIC notification regarding your order’s location
•             IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED: your parcel’s been delayed
•             IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: your parcel’s been delayed
•             IMPORTANT USPS customer support letter
•             IMPORTANT USPS REFUND INFO
•             IMPORTANT USPS REFUND INFORMATION
•             IMPORTANT USPS system notice
•             Major problems reported to the USPS support team
•             Major trouble reported to the USPS customer support
•             Official letter from USPS support team
•             Official letter in regards to your parcel
•             Official notice from USPS support team
•             Official notification concerning your package
•             Official notification from USPS
•             Official notification from USPS customer support team
•             OFFICIAL USPS MONEYBACK INFO REGARDING YOUR ITEM
•             OFFICIAL USPS MONEYBACK INFORMATION
•             Official USPS notification concerning your package
•             PROMPT ACTION NEEDED: your order’s been delayed
•             PROMPT ATTENTION NEEDED: your item’s been delayed
•             There has been an issue with your package
•             There’s been an issue with your package
•             URGENT USPS customer support letter
•             URGENT USPS customer support notification
•             URGENT USPS MONEYBACK INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR ITEM
•             URGENT: notice of postponement of your order
•             USPS CLIENT IMPORANT NEW DETAILS REGARDING YOUR PACKAGE
•             USPS CLIENT IMPORANT NEW INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR ITEM
•             USPS customer support notification: your order has been postponed
•             USPS OFFICIAL LETTER regarding your parcel
•             USPS official letter: big problems with your shipment
•             USPS official letter: serious issues with your order
•             USPS official letter: serious problems with your shipment
•             USPS official notice: serious trouble with your parcel
•             USPS official notification: serious issues with your package
•             USPS system notice: your package has been delayed
•             USPS system notification: your package has been delayed
•             USPS URGENT LETTER concerning your item
•             USPS USER URGENT NEW INFO IN REGARDS TO YOUR PARCEL
•             WARNING: DETAILS ON YOUR IMPENDING REFUND
•             WARNING: INFORMATION ON YOUR LATEST REFUND
•             WARNING: ISSUES WITH YOUR SHIPMENT
•             WARNING: PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PACKAGE
•             WARNING: TROUBLE WITH YOUR ITEM
•             WARNING: TROUBLE WITH YOUR SHIPMENT
•             WARNING: you are legally obliged to check the status of your order

Senior Citizens Safety

  • Annual Seminars on Various Topics

  • Anti-Fraud, Telemarketing Scams, and Home Repair Scams

  • Nursing Home Safety for Residents and Administrators

  • Communicating with Seniors

  • Active Membership on Senior Citizen Targeted Board

  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

  • TRIAD- Composed of AARP, National Sheriff's Association, and National Association of Chief's of Police

  • Annual Training

  • Attendance annually at a Regional TRIAD Training Conference

Other Community Safety Related Projects / Programs

  • Security Surveys of City Housing Authorities via Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Technique

  • Assorted Public Service Announcements on Seasonal Crime Prevention

Speakers Bureau

  • Various topics related to Sheriff's Office and Crime Prevention

 To Contact the Crime Prevention Unit for Literature or presentations call (609) 463-6430.

Fingerprinting Program

For over fifteen years the Sheriff's Office has offered the service of child fingerprinting to the parents of kindergarten age students in Cape May County Schools.

This year the Sheriff's Office has announced that there will be a change in the Fingerprint Program as they seek to offer a more effective and efficient service that will help parents and aid law enforcement in cases of child abduction or disappearance.

A much smaller print card containing spaces for the child's physical description and a picture will be sent home with each kindergarten student and the parents or guardian of the child will do the printing. A disposable ink strip and towelette will be in each print card with easy to follow instructions.

Surveys conducted through the summer have found this method to be well received by parents. They specifically liked the idea that the new card is small enough to be carried in a purse or glove box and can be presented to law enforcement immediately should a child wander away or be abducted on a shopping trip or vacation.


Safe Schools Program

The Cape May County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Cape May County Crime Stoppers has instituted a Safe Schools Program throughout Cape May County.2

The Sheriff's Office offers free security surveys for County Schools along with tip boxes, and a hot line for students that may have information about potential problems.

To date several county schools have requested and received the security survey and have employed the "Tip Box" and "Hot Line".  

Tip Line number is (609) 465-2800

The survey emphasizes access control, surveillance, and to protect students, faculty, and visitors.


Crime Prevention and Safety Agencies

Crime Stoppers - A community program geared toward public involvement in the fight against crime. It offers cash rewards up  to $1,000.00 and anonymity to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest of criminal offenders and to capture felony fugitives.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that depends on the involvement of private citizens and business for information and donations to help fight crime or potential terrorism in our communities.

Crime Stoppers SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM TIP LINE is a community program geared toward identifying groups or individuals who may through their actions or words have indicated they may be a potential threat to a school or group of schools. When a call is received by Safe Schools Tip Line, it is logged with the date, time, and a brief summary of the callers information. Callers remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity. Caller ID is NOT used on this line.

To report crime or suspicious activities call (609) 465-2800 or TOLL FREE at (877) 465-2801. For Emergencies dial 9-1-1.

To make a tax deductible donation to help fight crime send your donation to:

                                Cape May Co. Crime Stoppers Inc.

                                P.O. Box 104

                                Cape May Court House

                                New Jersey 08210

Check out the Crime Stoppers USA website.


National Crime Prevention Council - To receive an informational booklet (United for a stronger America) of action ideas on how to restore a sense of control and reconnection to the community call 800-WE-PREVENT.


Office for the Victims of Crime - The OVC has established a national toll-free information line (800-331-0075) for victims and families of victims that respond to the needs of crime victims affected by the terrorist attacks. The information line is staffed by trained mental health professionals that provide crisis counseling.


Federal Emergency Management Agency - The (FEMA) website offers information for children and adults dealing with the aftermath of the events of September 11th, 2001.

The children's section on FEMA's web site, www.fema.gov/kids includes explanations of what terrorist attacks are, a list of things children can do to feel better about things, and a section where kids around the country can share how they feel about terrorism events.


American Red Cross - The Red Cross provides a disaster education kit for grades K-8 entitled " Masters of Disaster" to help schools incorporate disaster preparedness and response skills into such core subjects as math, social studies, science, and language arts. 800-448-3543.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The web site contains important information on public health emergency preparedness and response. The site includes a variety of health alerts, advisories, fact sheets, and updates.


United States Postal Investigation Service - If you believe some of your mail has been stolen or tampered with, immediately notify your local post office or the Postal Inspection Service. The Postal Inspection Service Can be reached (503)-279-2060


C.A.T. Eyes Program -  Web Site for Community Anti- Terrorism Program. Report Suspicious activities to the F.B.I.


New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - has valuable information related to crime prevention. Click on the links below  to view some of the important information about different scams they have discovered. 


Safe Kids USA  -  offers many safety tips concerning children and has links to other sites of similar interest. 


Revised on July 31, 2017

SERVING CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ SINCE 1692

National Sheriff's Association__New Jersey Sheriff's Association__Accrediation Page