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Merchantville Police Department
1 West Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109
Chief Richard J Grassia
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.
AG Directive 18-3 State wide POLICE EARLY WARNING TRACKING SYSTEM
NEW: NO - Knock Ordinance
Notice to all residents! If you would like to be placed on the borough's "No Knock" list please respond to the police department Mon-Fri between 830 a.m. and 430 p.m. to complete your application and obtain your "No Knock" sticker. The "No Knock" sticker will be utilized to inform solicitors that they are not permitted to solicit on your property.
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
- 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
All Solicitors require a permit to solicit. Applications can be obtained by stopping in the Police department or click here for copy. Fill out the application and turn it into the police department.
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.
NEW CALL-IN OPTIONS FOR OVERNIGHT PARKING
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:
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.
MERCHANTVILLE PD FIREARMS INFORMATION
Officers Now wear Body Worn Cameras
Chief Richard Grassia proudly announces uniformed Police Officers of the Merchantville Police Department deploy Body Worn Cameras.....
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR IDENTY IS STOLEN [See Details]
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.
(effective September 2015)
STOLEN PARCELS AND PACKAGES
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 has a permanent pill collection container located in Borough Hall.
Old drugs can 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 residents have any questions, please feel free to contact the police department at 856-662-0507.
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.
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.
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 text messaging if you prefer.
To ensure 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 Grassia (x317) or Community Affairs Office (x320) for more information.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
- Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
- 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.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places; burglars know where to look for hide-a-keys.
- Form an informal Neighborhood Watch Group with your neighbors or contact Sgt William Watson of the Community Affairs Unit at 856-662-2474, ext 320 for more information on Merchantville’s Neighborhood Watch.
- 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.
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.
Sgt. William Watson is the Crime Prevention / Community Affairs Officer.
The Community Affairs/ Crime Prevention office is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Phone #- 856-662-2474 ext. 320
FAX #- 856-665-1662
Use of Wellwood Park, or the Community Center grounds can be
applied for through the Clerks Office at Borough Hall.
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)