Mayor’s Message: ‘Safecam Program’ with VTPD

With the summer season in full swing, the VTPD is working with residents to better watch and protect local communities

This is a popular time of the year for leaving your house unoccupied to go on vacation. Our police department is offering a free security survey to all residents and business owners in Voorhees. Sgt. Derek Hawkins, a 19-year veteran of the department, will use his crime prevention experience to educate homeowners and business owners of the dangers associated with crime and burglaries.

Sgt. Hawkins will meet with homeowners and business owners to identify potential security weaknesses. To schedule an appointment for the survey, call the Voorhees Township Police Crime Prevention Office at (856) 882-1104.

Our Police Department has also initiated a “Safecam Program,” allowing the police to view residential and commercial security cameras to help solve crimes. Our police ask residents, businesses and organizations that have security cameras to complete a short registration form which allows our police to maintain a database of active cameras in the event a crime occurs in your area.

The registration does not give police access to your camera system without your permission. Participating properties will receive a decal with the official Voorhees Police SafeCam Logo to display as an additional deterrent to crime. The registration form is on the Voorhees Police webpage,www.vtpd.com.

You may have noticed “See It Hear It Report It” signs throughout Voorhees encouraging residents to assist our police department in preventing criminal activity. Crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and taking action to remove or reduce the risk.

If you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, or hear something strange such as a crash, loud bang or scream, you should immediately contact the Voorhees Township Police Department. Try to provide as much information as possible. In an emergency, dial 911. In a non-emergency, call (856) 428-5400. The police department’s Anonymous Crime Tip Line is (856) 627-7174.

** The “Smiles from Kara” 5k Run/Walk will be held on Thursday, July 11. Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the run/walk will start at 7 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School. The cost is $25 for registration before July 8 and $30 the day of the race. Proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance for sports registration fees, scholarships and donations to local charitable events. Visit www.lmsports.com for more information and registration sign-up.

** The Voorhees Arts Council is offering a Tween Art Camp for aspiring artists 8 years old and up. Camps will be held on Wednesdays from June 19 to Aug 21 with two sessions daily, the morning session times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon sessions are from to 5 p.m. Sessions are $25 or $20 for two or more signing up. Contact Marianne with any questions (609) 315-6218 or email her at, marianne@marianneleone.com. This art program is sponsored by Holman Automotive.

**The second show in our Summer Concert Series will be Thursday, July 25, and will feature Satisfaction/The International Rolling StonesTribute Show. This band is entering its 18thyear showcasing the most authentic cast and costuming of its kind. They bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits honoring the Rolling Stonesand their legacy.The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. on the “Great Lawn” at Connolly Park. A “Beer Garden” and food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visitwww.voorheesnj.comor call the show hot line at 856-882-SHOW.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information visit www.voorheesnj.com..