A RESIDENT’S GUIDE TO CALLING THE POLICE
The battle against crime is one demanding the combined efforts of police and residents. Because police cannot be at all places, at all times – the Haddon Township Police Department is dependent on your cooperation in the fight against crime. Many crimes could be prevented if more citizens would call police.
When should I call the police?
If you observe suspicious activity or a possible crime in progress, take the initiative and CALL 911! Do not rely on someone else to act – this may never happen. You could be the only caller, and crimes are often deterred by police questioning the individuals seen lurking in or repeatedly traveling through our neighborhoods. Many people fail to act because they don’t think that it’s worth reporting. When in doubt, CALL 911 immediately.
Reasons Some Residents Give for Not Calling the Police
Someone else will report it. Maybe not.
The police are too busy. I don’t want to bother them. Calls of potential crimes or suspicious activity are always important. If we are not notified immediately it is often too late and a crime has been committed.
That noise is probably nothing. If so, why did it draw your attention?
That unknown person may be visiting a neighbor. Maybe not. It’s best to be certain and call the police.
That strange car may just be lost. There may be a crime about to occur.
The stranger at your door seems friendly. This is how some burglars determine if anyone is home.
I could be wrong, and there is no crime occurring. Maybe not. But then again, no harm is done by calling the police and allowing us to investigate it.
It’s none of my business. I don’t want to get involved. You and your family may be the next victim.
Assist Your Police!
The Haddon Township Police Department urges all residents to CALL 911 immediately when anything suspicious occurs! We would rather investigate suspicious situations than be called when it’s too late.
YOUR CALL MAY SAVE A LIFE, PREVENT AN INJURY OR STOP A CRIMINAL ACT!