Merchantville Police Department
1 West Maple Avenue
Chief Wayne Bauer
EMERGENCY DIAL 9-1-1
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
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
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 120.
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 (x117) or Community Affairs Officers Fred Koehler (x120) 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. 116. 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
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
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 120 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.
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.
The Merchantville Police Department in conjunction with FEMA is asking all residents
to Resolve To Be Ready by making a New Year's resolution to prepare a Disaster
Emergency Kit for their home.
http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit or visit the Resolve To Be Ready website at
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
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. 120
FAX #- 856-665-1662
Use of Wellwood Park, or the Community Center grounds can be applied for
through the Community Affairs office.
The majority of bikes stolen are because the owner failed to take the time to properly
secure it. Most people feel their bike is safe in front of their house. If you are going to
leave a bike in front of your house, lock it. If you MUST put your bike in front or on your
porch, lock it. However, the police recommend NOT leaving your bike in easy view from
the street. Parking and locking it in the back of your house takes it out of the view of
people passing by. Putting your bike in a garage or shed in the back yard without locking
it is not safe. The BAD GUYS will break into the garage or shed just to take the bike.
Take the time to lock your bike. If you think not locking your bike for only 5 minutes is
OK, because you are only going to run into the store and you’ll be right back, PLEASE don’t..
It takes less than a minute for someone to see your bike and ride away if it is not locked.
Remember, it only takes a moment to secure your bike. If you don’t take the time to
lock it, you could very well end up walking while someone else is riding it.
Take the time to come to the Merchantville Police Station and register your bike. It
only takes a minute and it could help recover your bike if it is stolen.
REMINDER: You should always wear your helmet. It's for your safety and It's the "LAW"
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
and fill out your request on-line.
March 5, 2012
As we begin to welcome my favorite time of the year, with longer daylight hours and warm temperatures, spring brings a renewal of energy and planning. The following is a partial list of events that are in the planning stage:
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