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Mayor’s Column: 9 o’clock, check your locks

Mayor Colleen Bianco Bezich reviews public safety tips and upcoming events in the Borough.

Hello Neighbors,

The Safe Summer 2023 Campaign continues! In my last article, I explained the Better Biking legislation I drafted along with Chief Cutler to make Downtown Haddonfield safer for everyone. This week, I want to share additional elements of the Safe Summer 2023 Campaign, along with some good news: all of these efforts will continue into September, so there is still time to participate! 

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It’s 9 O’clock, Check Your Locks.” We’re promoting this mantra because warmer weather and vacation season provide ample opportunity for thieves to attempt break-ins. We chose 9 p.m. as it is a time when most residents are at home and settled in for the evening, but you can choose whatever time works best for your household. Our goal is to make locking up a routine, just like brushing your teeth or setting your alarm. Each night, we encourage you to:

  • Remove keys, fobs & valuables from vehicles
  • Lock vehicles
  • Lock garages & sheds
  • Lock windows & doors at home

“Morning Drive 15 – 25.” This message reminds drivers to be mindful of summer campers & enrichment students during the morning commute. Slowing down is critical to keeping our kids safe, and summer is the perfect time to practice patience on the roads, as back-to-school season is nearly upon us. Remember to:

  • Buckle seatbelts
  • Mind your mirrors & blind spots
  • Slow down no matter where you are in town
  • STOP at all the stop signs – don’t roll through

Our HPD officers will continue enforcement efforts, keeping pedestrians, cyclists & motorists safe as they return to their classrooms.

Stay tuned to Borough’s social media for details on our upcoming Pops with Cops events, where we will continue providing information on all of these Safe Summer initiatives, and share popsicles, along with chances to win prizes!

Finally, as we welcome everyone back from Summer vacation, I invite you to join me in giving back… 

Meet me at the Borough’s first annual Non-Profit Night in King’s Court on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 30 Haddonfield non-profit organizations will offer information, fun activities, live performances and plenty of opportunities to join in volunteering, fundraising & socializing with neighbors. Highlights include: Haddonfield Plays and Players will preview their upcoming 2023-2024 Season, Dance Haddonfield will teach you how to Ballroom Dance, and the Haddonfield Friends of the Library will host a Pop-Up Book Sale.

Also happening that weekend: Day 2 of the Pop-Up Book Sale at Library Point, the Haddonfield Area Lions Club Flea Market, and the Ankokas Car Show, which all take place on September 9.

I look forward to seeing many smiling faces in September, especially at our upcoming Fall events! 

With gratitude,

Mayor Colleen Bianco Bezich


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