Hoboken Police Issue Warning About Swatting Following Prank Call This Week

The Hoboken Police Department has issued a warning about swatting, a dangerous prank that can have serious consequences. Swatting is when someone makes a false emergency call to law enforcement, often resulting in a SWAT team being sent to the victim’s home or location.

In a statement released by the department, they stated that swatting is a crime and can result in serious consequences for both the person who initiates the prank and the victim. They urged the public to be aware of this dangerous activity and to report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement.

On Monday, April 17, 2023, the Hoboken Police Department responded to what was later determined to be a swatting incident on Grand Street between First and Newark Streets. At approximately 6:25 p.m. dispatchers received a call from someone claiming to have shot another individual inside the building. All Hoboken Police units on duty, along with the Hoboken Fire Department, Hoboken EMS, and Stevens Police Department immediately responded to the area, closing Grand Street between Newark and First Streets to the public. Police entered the building and quickly determined the call to be a hoax. Officers searched the building, unit by unit, explaining the situation to all residents, before clearing the scene.

Swatting has become increasingly common in recent years, and it can be a serious threat to public safety. In some cases, innocent people have been injured or killed as a result of swatting incidents. It is a waste of valuable resources and puts both law enforcement and the public at risk.

The Hoboken Police Department has made it clear that they will not tolerate swatting and will prosecute anyone caught engaging in this dangerous activity to the fullest extent of the law. They encourage anyone who has information about swatting incidents to come forward and report it immediately.

The Hoboken Police Department continues to investigate Monday night’s incident and asks anyone with information to contact Detective Ryan Houghton at 201-420-2100.  Anyone found guilty of causing a false public alarm faces up to five years in jail. If anyone is injured during a swatting incident, defendants can be charged with that, as well. 

In conclusion, swatting is a serious crime that can have serious consequences. The Hoboken Police Department is taking this issue seriously and is doing everything in their power to prevent swatting incidents from happening in their community. They urge the public to do their part by reporting any suspicious behavior and helping to keep their community safe.