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                      Merchantville Police Department

1 West Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109 






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






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.





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. 





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. 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





  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

brennan 2

January, 2015

Dear Residents:

 Recently, I have become aware

of pockets of residents who have

expressed concern about their

water quality as a result of

intermittent discoloration of their

water. Please note that we are

working with the Merchantville

Pennsauken Water Commission

(MPWC) to identify and resolve

this issue. I have personally

spoken with the MPWC Chief

Operating Officer, Michael

Saraceni, and commissioners of

the MPWC and I have been

assured that the MPWC is taking

all necessary steps to resolve this

issue and ensure continued

clean water for our residents.


I am further assured that any

action taken by MPWC that may

have an impact on the flow or

pressure of resident’s water will

be preceded by notice through

hand delivered correspondence

and notice through the Reverse

911 system. Should you

experience issues with your

water quality, please contact

the MPWC directly at their

emergency hotline,


Contacting the MPWC is the

quickest and most effective

way for you to receive a 

response to your water

quality concerns.


Thank you.

Edward F. Brennan



MPWC Customer Notification

Flushing Letter 01/16/15

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,
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.