TOMS RIVER – Citing an increase in complaints about juveniles engaging in criminal mischief – and without wearing masks – police have instituted a curfew in the North Beach area of town.
From 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., no one 17 or younger will be allowed in a public area or abandoned lot unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This is active in the North Beach section of town which includes, but is not limited to, Silver Beach, Monterey, Normandy, Chadwick, Ocean Beaches 1, 2 and 3.
Incidents arose from early June where police received reports about juveniles gathering in the evening committing acts of criminal mischief and being unruly. Also, gathering without masks or social distancing put the health and safety of neighbors at risk.
“While we understand these are difficult times and children are frustrated with the lack of open activities, it is not an excuse for misbehavior and disrespect within our community,” police said.
Toms River is not alone in facing these issues. Earlier this summer, Long Beach Township also instituted a similar curfew.