Authorities in Northern New Jersey are on a heightened state of alert

With the terror alert level raised to orange for Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex and Union counties, authorities are stepping up security measures. The move comes one day after the federal government increased the nation's terror alert level due to specific threats against the Prudential Building in Newark, the Citicorp building and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City and the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington, D.C.

Law enforcement agencies like the Sheriff's department and local police departments are increasing patrols. They are also increasing truck inspections along Route 17, Route 80, I-95 and the George Washington Bridge.

In addition to checking trucks, the County Executive says Bergen County police are stopping hazardous materials transports, and even limousines and ambulances to make sure everything is in order. In Passaic County, the sheriff's department says it's doubling efforts to patrol places where terrorists would likely strike.

People say the increased police presence is comforting and that they plan on going about business as usual.

Law enforcement is counting on the public's help to report anything suspicious. The public is asked to call their local police or the Passaic County tips line.

The tip line for the Passaic County Sheriff's Department is (1-888)958-TIPS (8477).

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