Placing Business and Community in the Same Flight Plan

Airport Community Watch Program


Stay Alert, Be Aware, Speak Up

Report airport crime, or prevent breaches of airport security and be eligible for cash awards from $50 – $1000

Be on the Lookout for Crime

Airports are communities where thousands of people and millions of dollars in goods pass through each day.  As in other communities, people in a hurry…carrying valued possessions…can become targets of crime.

And Breaches of Security

Airports are also places that contain sensitive and secure areas, where only trained and authorized individuals are permitted. It is a security breach for anyone without proper ID and authorization to gain access to a aeronautical operations area, or for unauthorized individuals to bring weapons, explosives, or incendiary devices on board an aircraft in carry-on luggage, checked luggage, or hidden in cargo or other packages.

How to Report a Crime or Suspicious Activity

If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, or unauthorized individuals, or vehicles on the aeronautical or other secure areas, call the Port Authority Police immediately at 800-828-7273, then:

  • 〉  Identify yourself & your company (if employed at airport)
  • 〉  State the type of activity you observe
  • 〉  Give the specific location of the activity or individual
  • 〉  Describe the suspect(s) and/or victim
  • 〉  Wait for the Police to arrive


From $50 – $1000 depending on the nature of the crime or security breach, and for actions which result in the…

  • 〉  Prevention of a crime
  • 〉  Arrest of individuals who have committed, or are in the process of committing a crime or serious airport security breach
  • 〉  Recovery of stolen property from the airport, customers, or passengers
  • 〉  Prevention of weapons, explosives, or incendiary devices from being carried onboard aircraft or planted on airport property
  • 〉  Prevention of unauthorized personnel or vehicles from accessing the aeronautical operations or other secure areas

Who Is Eligible?

All airport personnel, including security guards*, taxi and authorized limo drivers, as well as airport customers are eligible.  Port Authority Police and TSA employees are not eligible to participate.**

*Security guards working at airport checkpoints are not eligible for expired PA plates and expired ID awards

**TSA employees are only eligible if they are off-duty at the time of the reported incident.

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Airport Community Watch is jointly sponsored by the Aviation Department and Police Crime Prevention Unit of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  Airport Community Watch is administered by the Aviation Development Council, whose members include airlines serving LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, Teterboro, and Stewart International Airports.