Contact Us
Ramapo Daily Voice serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills
Return to your home site

Menu

Ramapo Daily Voice serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills

Nearby Towns

  • Mahwah-Ramsey
    serves Mahwah & Ramsey
  • North Rockland
    serves Garnerville, Grassy Point, Stony Point, Thiells, Tomkins Cove, Village of Haverstraw & West Haverstraw in Haverstraw Town
  • Orangetown
    serves Blauvelt, Grand View-on-Hudson, Orangeburg, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, South Nyack, Sparkill & Tappan
  • Clarkstown
    serves Bardonia, Congers, Nanuet, New City, Upper Nyack, Valley Cottage & West Nyack
news

Ramapo Latest Municipality Subject To 'Swatting' Phone Call

Eastchester Police Lt. Jeff Hunter, Chief Tim Bonci and Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita standing with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer as he introduced legislation for "swatting" incidents.
Eastchester Police Lt. Jeff Hunter, Chief Tim Bonci and Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita standing with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer as he introduced legislation for "swatting" incidents. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

RAMAPO, N.Y. – Ramapo residents received a scare on Wednesday, when they were remanded to their homes following an apparent “ swatting ” incident that prompted a police response.

Swatting – the act of making deliberately false calls and alerts to law enforcement that cost police departments time, money and man hours – has become a “national scourge,” according to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who introduced legislation to increase penalties for perpetrators accused of making the phony phone calls.

On Monday, Ramapo police responded to the area of Route 202 and Cottage Lane, where they advised residents to stay in their homes, away from windows and doors as they investigated what may have been a hoax phone call. Rockland County REACT and SWAT teams were dispatched to the area to assist local officers.

This is the third swatting attack in the region in the past few months, including incidents in Westchester and Putnam County that prompted responses from SWAT teams.

When introducing his legislation in Westchester earlier this year, Schumer said that swatting incidents create panic in the community, drain police resources and cause a general nuisance for the entire area, as nearly municipalities are often needed to properly investigate a situation.

“When there is an incident, it’s not just one car that investigates; it’s the entire squad, and that costs a lot of money,” he said. “People get frightened and fear that their lives are in danger. This is a serious issue, and so much more than just a prank call.”

Under Schumer’s proposed legislation, perpetrators accused of swatting would see a maximum prison sentence rise from a maximum of five years to eight. It would force criminals to make restitution for the money and time wasted investigating the false incidents and would “close a loophole to make it illegal for perpetrators to evade law enforcement” by disguising phone numbers through the Internet.

“These dangers are not pranks. These swatting attacks are serious incidents in which our emergency responders use up their time, energy and resources responding to false threats when they could have been elsewhere protecting the community from real ones,” Schumer noted.

“What the perpetrators of these calls see as a practical joke is actually a terrifying experience for innocent bystanders, a business detractor for local commerce and a costly crime that forces our local emergency responders to use up thousands of taxpayer dollars on false alerts.”

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Ramapo Daily Voice!

Serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Ramapo Daily Voice!

Serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.