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Community Affairs / Crime Prevention


Community Affairs/Crime Prevention: Sgt. William Watson

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

Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FAX #- 856-665-1662


The Crime Prevention office coordinates the Neighborhood Watch program. If you are

interested in becoming “the eyes and ears” for the police department, the Crime

Prevention office will tell you how to become a part of this program and remain

anonymous. The Crime Prevention unit will, upon request, conduct a security survey

of your property and give you a written report with recommendations on how to make

your property more safe and secure.









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



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 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 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.

    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.





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.






  Burglary Prevention 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.



Use of Borough facilities:

Use of Wellwood Park,the Community Center grounds,the Gazebo at Chestnut Ave.,

or Morrisey Park can be applied for through the Community Affairs office.



Borough organizations must apply through Community Affairs Office to have a

banner placed on the Borough banner poles located at Centre St. and Chestnut Ave.



How to report a street light out?

You can call the Community Affairs Officer at (856)662-2474 x 320 or

email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or you can call directly to Public Service Electric & Gas

(PSE&G) at 800-436-PSEG (7734)



Residents can give the police department information about your

property in case of emergencies by completing the











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