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Mayor’s Column-Crime Prevention


With summer fast approaching, many go on vacation leaving their homes unoccupied. The Voorhees Township Police Department is offering a free security survey to all residents and business owners in Voorhees. Sgt. Anthony Russo, a 15-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. Russo will meet to identify potential security weaknesses. To schedule an appointment for the survey, call the Voorhees Township Police Crime Prevention Office at 856-882-1104.

The VTPD continues to undertake initiatives to keep our community safe.  The Department has joined the Neighbors APP by Ring in an effort to connect with residents and improve safety.  Neighbors App allows the user to share photos, videos and information related to local crime and safety incidents so fellow residents can stay informed.  Our police department can view public postings of local residents to Neighbors and chime-in with relevant updates or safety alerts.  A Ring device is not needed to join Neighbors.  Anyone with a smartphone can download the Neighbors App at https://ring.com/neighbors  in order to receive updates and have the option to post photos or videos from any device. Always report criminal activity or emergency situations to 911.

 The “Safecam Program” allows 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, vtpd.com.

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 first free show in the Summer Concert Series is Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Connolly Park, and will feature Parrot Beach, a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band that appeals to all audiences. Enjoy some familiar Buffet songs like “Margaritaville,” “Volcano,” “Tin Cup Chalice” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”  The Beer Garden and food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, visit voorheesnj.com or call the Show Hot Line at 856-882-SHOW.

** The Animal Welfare Association (AWA) open house is on Saturday, June 25 from 1pm-4pm.  For more information, contact Marian Conicella at marianc@awanj.org.

** The Voorhees Arts Center re-opened on May 6 and will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6pm, and starting June 1, the Center will be closed on Sundays. Art programs began on May 21, with the Kids Art Camp returning in July.

** Kindergarten registration for the Voorhees Township Schools is currently open and will remain open throughout the summer. Registration can be found at voorhees.12.nj.us.

** 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 about tickets, visit voorheesnj.com.

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