New Jersey tries to prevent terror attacks with texting

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Posted: Jun 08, 2011 4:48 PM
New Jersey tries to prevent terror attacks with texting

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Transit Corporation, the nation's third largest transit system, ramped up its efforts to guard against terrorism on Wednesday by asking passengers to text about suspicious behaviors or unattended packages.

The initiative, dubbed Text Against Terror, was being promoted with radio and television ads, posters, and panel cards on trains.

It compliments NJ Transit's security hotline (888-TIPS-NJT). Passengers are encouraged to text tips to NJTPD (65837).

"As the eyes and ears of the NJ Transit system, our customers and employees are the first line of defense in the war against terror," NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo said in a statement.

NJ Transit has 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and over 18,000 bus stops in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. It provides over 895,000 trips every weekday.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)