Mayor’s Message: VTPD security survey and Safecam program

VTPD offering free security survey to all residents and business owners in Voorhees

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, some may still be planning vacations or brief getaways. It is important to make sure your home is safe while you are away.

Our Voorhees Township Police Department is offering a free security survey to all residents and business owners in Voorhees. Sgt. Derek Hawkins, a 20-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.

** Due to COVID-19, kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will not be in person and will take place on-line. Any child who will turn five years of age on or before October 1 is eligible for kindergarten admission in September 2020. You must complete the pre-registration application at https://genesis.voorhees.k12.us/genesis/openReg. A staff member will contact you for additional information after the pre-registration is complete. For more information, visit https://www.voorhees.k12.nj.us.

**The Voorhees Arts Gallery artists will be showing their work every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. during the month of July (weather permitting). Meet the artists and view their work on the Voorhees Town Blvd. next to the Voorhees Hot Yoga Center. For more information visit, www.VoorheesArtsCouncil.org.

** Our second Drive-In Movie Night of 2020 will be on Thursday, Aug. 6. The PG movie Jersey Boys will be shown on a 40-foot outdoor screen. The movie will be shown at the Voorhees Town Center parking lot located off of Somerdale Road. This event is intended for Voorhees residents only. Parking opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk. Limited food and ice cream will be available for purchase. Spaces are limited and the event is free.