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                      Merchantville Police Department
                               1 West Maple Avenue
                             Merchantville, NJ 08109 



                                     POLICE ACCIDENT REPORTS 



Chief Wayne Bauer


(If you are not sure if the problem is an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and let the police decide)

Non-Emergency Police Number 856-662-0500
24 hours / 7 days

Non-Emergency Office Number 856-662-0507 

8:30  a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Non-Emergency Police CONFIDENTIAL “TIP LINE” 856-662-2474 x366
This line can be used at anytime for Non- emergency tip information. You DO NOT have

to give your name or other information about yourself. This line is checked at least once

every 8 hours by the officer in charge of the shift. Remember, this is NOT an emergency


  take back day logo

LOCATION:CVS Pharmacy, 18 W Maple Ave., Merchantville, NJ 08109


 for more info  https://takebackday.dea.gov  or   #DEATakeBack



1. Keep front doors and walkways illuminated.

2. Remove any item from your yard or porch which can be easily broken or taken,

such as pumpkins, milk cans, etc.

3. Make sure all doors and windows are locked.

4. Use your “peephole” to see who is there before you open the door.

5. Younger children should Trick or Treat during daylight hours under adult or older child

supervision. If no adult or other children are available, try to have them go with a group

of children to a specific location.

6. Instruct your children not to eat any candy until you have checked it for damaged,

suspicious, or unwrapped candy.

7. Do not allow children to go into homes of people they don’t know.

8. Warn your children about strangers and accepting gifts or candy from people on the


9. If your child encounters a stranger, or is accosted in any manner, report it immediately

to the police.

10. When entertaining Trick or Treaters, try to recognize who you are giving candy to.

If you can’t recognize the individual or feel uncomfortable, do not feel obliged to open the

door or give them candy.

11. Be suspicious of older children who come to your home more than once. They may be

casing your house.





National Night Out Pictures (click on emblem) 





To request information for incident reports,

accident reports, etc. [Click here]


To request for property checks (vacation or away)  [Click here]


Complete this form and turn it into Police Dept. or

Borough Clerk or mail the form to

Merchantville PD, 1 W Maple Ave., Merchantville, NJ 08109



April 4, 2016


Chief Wayne Bauer proudly announces that effective today the

uniformed Police Officers of the Merchantville Police Department

will be deploying Body Worn Cameras..... (for more information click here)



With the possibility of the first major snow storm scheduled

for our area this weekend, Residents are reminded that there

is “No Parking” on the following streets until after the road has

been completely plowed: Maple Avenue, Park Avenue, Centre Street,

Chapel Avenue and Browning Road.



                 OVERNIGHT PARKING

Parking on the streets and highways of Merchantville is prohibited between the hours of

2:00 am and 6:00 am, 7 days a week without a parking permit. Parking permits can be

obtained from police headquarters, M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you have a guest staying

overnight you must call the Overnight Parking Hotline @ 856-662-2474 ext. 316.

You should be prepared to provide your name, address where the vehicle is parked,

phone number, and a description of the vehicle including; make, year, color, and license

number. If they will be staying more than one night you have to call the vehicle in every

night of their stay. Any further questions can be answered by calling the

Police Non-Emergency phone number 856-662-0507.






Residents needing to call a vehicle in for overnight parking now have two options. 

You can use our new e-mail option by sending a description of your vehicle,

including tag number, the location and your phone number to:


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Residents can still use the overnight phone system if you wish, by calling 856-662-2474,

extension 316. If you have any difficulty using either system, please contact the police

department using our 24 hour non-emergency number, 856-662-0500 and ask to

speak to an officer.






15 Minute Child Break: A Free Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Education Program


Child Break Webinars Accepting Registrations

Dear Educators & Concerned Parents,   


You may have previously attended a

PDFNJ 15 Minute Child Break. You

may have also not been able to attend

that 15 Minute Child Break. Well, there

is good news. You can 

register online for one of four webinars

being held on December 13th and 15th

focusing on the issue of talking to children

about the dangers of drugs. You can

participate in this webinar from the comfort

of your home and be empowered and        supported with the assurance that, even

in today's society, parents are still the

strongest influence in their children's

lives. Teachers and educators can earn

1.5 professional development

credits.  Event  information

and registration can be found here.


The 15-Minute Child Break is a

FREE, interactive, thirty-minute           presentation for parents, grandparents

and caregivers who are concerned about

children(of an age) and substance. Representatives from

the Partnership will deliver this informative,

engaging, and educational presentation.

You can participate in this webinar from the

comfort of your home and receive

age specific nformation and

communication skills concerning substance abuse. And, once again, teachers

and educators can earn 1.5 professional

development credits. All participants will

be able to choose from one of four 

different times that they find

convenient  on December 13th and 15th.


The times for this webinar are as follows:
              Date                                                        Time
 Tuesday, 12/13/16                          11:30 AM
 Tuesday, 12/13/16                          

1:00 PM
Thursday, 12/15/16                          11:30 AM
 Thursday, 12/15/16                          

1:00 PM


This is a great opportunity to reach into

our communities and share this

powerful message.  Please forward this

email invitation to other parents,

educators, PTA/PTO/HSA members,

and co-workers that can take advantage

of this free webinar.


I hope you can join us!


Angelo Valente
 Executive Director, PDFNJ




Tips for effectively talking to your

kids about drugs and alcohol


Influence of  Media and Pop Culture


Effects of Specific Drugs


Keeping Your  Kids Drug-Free


Strengthening Parenting Skills


Utilizing Teachable Moments


Additional parent resources




       To host a 15-Minute Child Break presentation

please call 973-467-2100


The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is a private 501(c)(3)

not-for-profit organization that promotes prevention of substance abuse throughout

the state through media campaigns, school-based programs and community and

workplace initiatives. PDFNJ programs are made possible by support from the

Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Jersey Department

of Human Services, and funding from corporations and foundations. All PDFNJ

programs and services are offered     free of charge to NJ residents and businesses.


To be removed from our mailing  list please click here   




                   Camden County Safety Seat Brochure. 



Man Sentenced to 60 years in prison for Merchantville Double

Stabbing - 01/15/16    (See Article) 



                   2015 Public  Synopsis Report



Instructions for applying for a State of New Jersey Firearms Purchaser

Identification Card and or a Handgun Purchase Permit. click here



                Division of Highway Traffic Safety

                           Safe driving tips video 








Please remember to lock your vehicle whenever, and wherever you park it.


Don’t leave anything out in plain sight, on the dash, or the console or seats.

If you use a GPS that is either dash or windshield mounted, remember

to remove the mounting bracket along with the unit. Leaving the bracket

on the dash is a signal that you have a GPS.


Don’t leave change in small compartments in the console or the dash.

A thief looks for these signs of valuables in a vehicle.

Most thieves will attempt to open a vehicle door. If it is locked they will move on.

If they see a cell phone, cash, or a GPS in the vehicle, they may try to

break a window to get into it.


It only takes a second to safe guard your valuables. Store them out

of sight, and lock the vehicle doors.

Let your family, friends and neighbors know these thefts have happened

and the best way to prevent it from happening to you is carefully secure

your valuables and lock your vehicle.


 New Child Safety Seat Laws 

(effective September 2015)





Recently in our town and in surrounding towns there have been a few

unattended packages being taken from the doorsteps of homes. 

The suspect(s) usually drive or walk around the neighborhood and

look for packages sitting on doorsteps, they will then walk up and take it. 

If you are having something delivered, try to be home or have someone you

trust be there so the package can be taken in immediately. 

If you see someone driving or walking slowly around the neighborhood, 

the call the police and have them check things out. Anything you can

remember about the person or vehicle including a description or direction

of travel would be helpful.



The Merchantville Police Department is pleased to announce that

we now have a permanent pill collection container located in Borough

Hall. In the past we collected old or unused drugs twice per year.


Old drugs can now be turned in during normal business hours which

are Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The container is located in the main

hallway next to the drinking fountain.


If resident’s have any questions, please feel free to contact the

police department at 856-662-0507.







Recently there was an attempted phone scam in the Borough. A male stated he was

a representative of PSE&G. He told the resident that he had to make immediate

payment or his electric would be turned off. He told the resident the computer

systems are down and he instructed the resident to purchase 4 Green Dot Cards

in the amounts of 3 for $500 and 1 for $133. The resident contacted PSEG and was told

this was a scam and not to purchase the green dot cards. PSEG also advised the

resident to contact the police. Should someone attempt this scam with you, contact

the police immediately. DO NOT purchase any payment cards or give the person

any money! Don’t even open the door for someone you do not know. Call the police.

If the person is a representative of PSEG they will not have a problem with the

police investigating. 



Recently there was a suspicious incident where a person went to the door

of a private home and identified himself as an alarm company repair man.

He had no ID and the resident did not allow him to enter. The police were

called, but the individual left the area prior to police arriving. The police did

contact the alarm company this person claimed to be working for. They

were told that the company never sends anyone to any customer without

making an appointment first.  Even with an appointment, the alarm company

personnel will have proper identification. This is also the same policy for utility

workers.  Don’t let anyone in your home if you are not sure of their ID or they

do not have any ID. Call the police. Even if you do have an appointment for

someone to come to your home to do some work or check some equipment,

or read a meter, and you feel uneasy about them, call the police. Let the

police check them out. If they are legal they will not mind. You are not required

to let anyone into your home.                    





The Merchantville Police Department is warning residents of a

potential roofing scam that was operating in our area. A

contractor may come to your home or business trying to sell

a roof coating that will help seal leaks and reduce energy costs.

These contractors do not advertise their business and usually

operate in a plain truck with no name on the side and out of

state tags. If any contractor knocks on your door soliciting

any kind of work, please contact the Merchantville

Police Department immediately. 





    The Merchantville Police Department is taking part in a new system to

help make your home safer. "THE INCASE SYSTEM".

    The system is electronically coded with three key pieces of information:

the exact address of the home to which it is attached, the name of the

homeowner, and the cell phone number of the homeowner. you can also include

up to three other emergency contacts.

    In case of emergency, police can scan your bar code and get intouch with you


    This system is connected to a secure , encrypted iphone or android app.

    The Merchantville Police Department feels this is a very good way to add to

the safety and security of your property.

    There is a one time cost of $6.42 for the installation of the system in your house.

For further information you may click on the above link or contact the Merchantville

Police Department at 856-662-0507 or the Community Affairs Office at

856-662-2474 x 320.





Merchantville Police Department is working with the Merchantville Pennsauken Water

Commission (MPWC) to set up a “reverse 911” calling system to let residents and

business owners know about conditions that may impact them. You would receive a

call about events such as; hydrant flushing or water main breaks.


As a community service, MPWC has made the calling system available to the

Merchantville Police Department. Notifications will be made in the event of storms

warnings, evacuations, and other emergencies when getting the information to residents

quickly is necessary.


Merchantville Police Department officials have access to the system to more efficiently

advise residents about local situations such as detours due to storm damage or street

repairs, pending street closures during community events, crime awareness or public

safety reminders. Notices can also be sent via e-mail and txt messaging if you prefer.


To insure that your contact preferences are current, you can log onto www.mpwc.com

and click “Notify me” on the website. Or call 662-2474 to contact Chief Bauer (x317) or

Community Affairs Officers Fred Koehler (x320) for more information.



Burglary Basics


No town is completely safe from crime, and the police can’t be everywhere at

all times. Part of the job is up to you to keep your home or apartment

safe from burglary. 


Take these precautions so you don’t become a victim. Make your home look

occupied; and make it difficult to break in.

1.  Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to

bed even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.


2.   Leave lights, TV, and/or radio on when you go out.  If you are going

to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers

to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.


3.  Do not allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to

build-up while you are away. Arrange for the post office to hold your

mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to retrieve it daily.


4.  Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an

extended time.


5.   Pushbutton locks on doorknobs, are easy for burglars to open. 

Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.


6.  If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window/door,

do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside and do not touch

anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.


7.  Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.


8.    Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.


9.   Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other

“secret” hiding places; burglars know where to look for hide-a-keys.


10.  Form an informal Neighborhood Watch Group with your neighbors or

contact Sgt Fred Koehler of the Community Affairs Unit at 856-662-2474,

ext 320 for more information on Merchantville’s Neighborhood Watch.


11.   The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report

a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS  activity.  You have to be the eyes of your

neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes. 





Anyone who might have Graduated Licensing questions is encouraged

to visit the link below for a 5 minute video explaining New Jersey's

Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, a 3-step process all

new drivers must complete before obtaining a driver's license.




Police Notice


Precious Metals Thefts   

All residents are urged to secure any items around your household

that are made from precious metals such as copper, brass, aluminum

and steel. We have experienced a number of thefts where items

stolen were made from various metals. There are a number of people

riding around stealing these types items and selling them at scrap

yards. If you see any suspicious activity please contact the police

at 865-662-0500. 



Residents can give the police department information about your

property in case of emergencies by completing the





As a service to the residents of Merchantville, the Police Department

will gladly record when you will be away on vacation. Patrols will

make period checks of your home and we can also record emergency

contact information or other special considerations.

Please contact the Police Department Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at
856-662-0507 to leave an away notice 



Bullying Information  if your child is a victim of Bullying you should first contact

the Merchantville Public School. The above link contains valuable information. 




Sgt. William Watson is the Crime Prevention / Community Affairs Officer.


The Community Affairs/ Crime Prevention office is open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM  Tuesday,

Wednesday, and Friday.


Phone #- 856-662-2474 ext. 320


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FAX #- 856-665-1662





  Use of Wellwood Park, or the Community Center grounds can be

applied for through the Community Affairs office. 



How to report a street light out?


You can call the Community Affairs Officer at the above number or you can call directly

to Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) at 800-436-PSEG (7734)








Mayor's Corner

edward brennan


 October 1, 2016

As we begin to welcome my

favorite  time of year, with

tempatures cooling and

leaves changing, fall brings

a rush of activity and

community events to