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                      Merchantville Police Department

1 West Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109 

856-662-0500  


 

POLICE ACCIDENT REPORTS 

 


 

Chief Wayne Bauer
856-662-0507 

 

EMERGENCY DIAL 9-1-1
(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

number. 


 

 FOOD & WATER WATCH WILL BE CONDUCTING A

HOME - TO -HOME CANVAS IN OUR COMMUNITY

                                        MORE INFORMATION


Meet and Greet Events

The Merchantville Department of Public Safety will host 2 “Meet and Greet Events” for the residents of the Borough to come out and meet and talk to the members of the Police and Fire Departments. The events will begin at 6:00 PM and are

scheduled for:

Tuesday, August 5th at the Merchantville Community Center

Tuesday, August 26th at the old railroad station on Chestnut Ave at Centre St.

Information regarding the Neighborhood Watch, and Helping Hand programs will be available.

Free “Child Identification Kits” will be available for those residents with children.

  


 

MERCHANTVILLE POLICE INFORMATION: 

 

PREVENTING BURGLARY A GUIDE FOR CITIZENS

 

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.

 


 

On Monday, March 24, 2014 there was a burglary to a home on Poplar Avenue.

 

The actor(s) gained entry via a rear window. Residents are reminded to keep an eye

and ear out for any suspicious activity and to call ‘911’ immediately.

 

Police have a couple of suspects in mind who frequent the area soliciting residents for

yard work or other odd jobs. If anyone knocks on your door asking to rake leaves

or perform odd jobs, please call the police immediately. Many times these people are

casing your home to commit a future burglary.

 


 

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.                    

 


 

 ROOF COATING SCAM

 

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. 

 


 

ALL BOROUGH RESIDENTS

 

    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

immediately.

    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.


 

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

 

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.

 


 

MERCHANTVILLE POLICE  NOTICE

 

Over the last couple of weeks there have been several thefts from unlocked

vehicles in the Borough.

 

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.

 


 

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.

 

Parking Permit Application

 


 
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. 

 


   

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FOR GRADUATED LICENSES

 

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.

https://sites.google.com/site/njcoalition/photos-and-videos/gdl-made-simple-video 

 


 

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

BOROUGH OF MERCHANTVILLE RESIDENT

EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM 

   


 

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. 

 


  

CRIME PREVENTION:

Sgt. Fred Koehler is the Crime Prevention / Community Affairs Officer.

 

The Community Affairs/ Crime Prevention office is open 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday

through  Thursday, and 7:00 AM to Noon 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

 

   CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE MONTH

 


 

  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) or you can go online to 

 ttps://extsecure.pseg.com/webformsWeb/resources/jsp/psegcom/streetlight-outage.jsp 

and fill out your request on-line.  

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

Mayor's Corner

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October 28, 2013

YOUR BOROUGH PARKS AND HISTORIC PROPERTIES

Each day as I drive along Chestnut Avenue on my way to and from work, it is so pleasing to see residents both young and old walking, jogging, riding bikes, pushing strollers and even using exercise equipment.

Read more .......

10-28-13 - Mayor's Letter

Dear Property Owners and Residents
Enclosed please find your annual sewer bill for the calendar year 2011. The first portion
is due Monday, April 1, 2011 rather than June 1st. The second half is due October 1,
2011.
The change in billing dates from June to April and December to October has been
necessitated due to our obligation to make payments for the upgrading and relining of the
Borough’s antiquated sewer mains.